After going 2-1 in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas last week, the Gophers men’s basketball team is starting to get some national recognition.
Andre Hollins, a day after scoring 41 points, made three free throws with 0.4 seconds to play to give Minnesota a 66-63 victory over Stanford on Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Andre Hollins scored a career-high 41 points to lead Minnesota to an 84-75 victory over No. 19 Memphis on Friday in the consolation semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Aggressive defense and the fast break go together in basketball, and Minnesota has both facets working well so far.
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has yet to win an NCAA tournament game since his celebrated arrival at the school five years ago.
Minnesota and Stanford face off in Thursday’s NIT title game looking to prove how far they’ve come.
Freshman guard Andre Hollins scored 20 points, including five in overtime, and short-handed Minnesota beat Washington 68-67 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT title game.
Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins each scored 24 points to help Minnesota advance to the semifinals of the NIT with a 78-72 win over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night.
Northwestern had one goal this season — earning the school’s first NCAA tournament bid.
Jordan Taylor scored 27 points for his first college win in his home state, and No. 21 Wisconsin gutted out a 68-61 overtime victory at Minnesota on Thursday night.
Success for most basketball teams starts at the point guard position, and Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is well aware of that.