MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team learned its seed and destination Sunday for the NCAA Tournament.

The Gophers (24-9) were placed in the South Region and will face Middle Tennessee State (30-4) on Thursday in second round action in Milwaukee, Wis. Gophers team officials said Sunday night the game will start at about 3 p.m., and it will be broadcast on TNT.

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Minnesota won just eight games last season, but finished 11-7 in Big Ten play and beat Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday. The Gophers were eliminated Saturday after losing to tournament champion Michigan, 84-77.

It’s Minnesota’s first NCAA Tournament appearance under coach Richard Pitino.

The winner of Thursday’s game will face the winner of Butler (23-8) and Winthrop (26-6).


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