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Gophers need to rebound to rebound

Updated: January 22, 2009, 1:34 PM ET
By Andy Katz

Minnesota hosts Purdue on Thursday in what could turn out to be a major game for the Gophers.

Sure, a win helps the overall profile and keeps the team in the chase to catch Michigan State.

But more than anything, Minnesota needs to show that it can rebound from another Big Ten setback. The team can do that by, well, rebounding.

The Gophers, who cherish the neutral-site win over Louisville like a prized possession, opened the Big Ten season with a thud, getting crushed ...

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