08:18 AM ET 03.07 | As crunch time descends on so many programs this time of year, Minnesota could ill afford what happened at Nebraska Wednesday -- a deflating 53-51 loss in the final game at the Bob Devaney Center. This is crazy, I know, but the Golden Gophers might end up playing their way onto the bubble. That's what happens when you lose to Nebraska just two games removed from losing eight out of 11 games. [The Gophers] have a really good RPI and five really good wins. They also now have three bad losses. What if they lose at Purdue on Saturday and lose in the first round of the Big Ten tournament? Well, they're probably still going to be safe, but I'm not sure I'd want to test that theory.