MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gopher sports fans are gearing up for another big day — March Madness has really become all about Minnesota.

Not only will the women’s hockey team try to defend their national title, the men’s basketball team will try to advance to the “Sweet 16.”

For about a half hour or so, Gopher fans will have to choose between the two sports.

The gopher women’s hockey team is on the ice at 3 p.m. against Boston University, at the Ridder Ice Arena.

And at 5 p.m. the Gopher men’s basketball team faces off against Florida.

You could see where it would be a difficult choice while those games overlap.

The Gopher men haven’t made it to the “Sweet 16” since 1990.

This is also head coach Tubby Smith’s first NCAA win.

But then there’s the women’s hockey team.

Not only are they in the midst of a 40-game winning streak that dates back to last year, they are also the current national champions. Defending the title for back-to-back wins is always a challenge.

“We need more fans,” said one hockey fan. “We still have returning national champions and we still need to fill this place so I hope this has people supporting our Gophers.”

The Gopher women have a history of back-to-back championship wins.

Before last year, the team can claim bragging rights for two other seasons — 2004 and 2005.


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