per Marcus:

Looking ahead to next season was hard for coach Richard Pitino and his team after a disappointing 65-54 loss to Rutgers ended the Gophers' season Wednesday in the opening round of the Big Ten men's basketball tournament.

No March Madness was a foregone conclusion for months as the losses piled up. Not even making it to March was even harder to swallow.

All-Big Ten junior forward Jordan Murphy looked around the locker room and felt sorry for not being able to accomplish more this year for the seniors, especially point guard and captain Nate Mason.

The Gophers should be more equipped to make a run at the Big Dance for Murphy's senior season, though. He will return as one of the nation's top players, and there's more help on the way.

"I think we have a very talented group coming in," said Murphy, who finished the season averaging 16.8 points and 11.3 rebounds. "We have Matz [Stockman] and three freshmen who have never played with us. We just have got to get them ready for next season."

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Go Gophers!!