3 keys vs. Minnesota

Even without senior forward Ralph Sampson III the Minnesota basketball team pulled off a pretty surprising overtime upset over Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has had his team going through two-a-days since preparation for the Gophers' regular season finale against Nebraska on March 3. Minnesota did a lot of skill work in that time and it showed as the Gophers looked poised and prepared against the Wildcats.

Northwestern and Michigan run similar looking offenses and so the turnaround for the Gophers won't be too dramatic. But, to avoid the same fate as NU, here are three keys for the Wolverines.