The Gopher men's basketball team lost 75-65 in the Big Ten Tournament first round Thursday afternoon.  Michael Thompson scored 35 points to lead Northwestern to the win.  Trevor Mbakwe led the Gophers with 19 points and 11 rebounds.  Minnesota falls to 17-14 and will now await a possible bid to the NIT.  Northwestern plays Ohio State today in the Big Ten quarterfinals at 11am.