When talking Gopher rivals at the University of Minnesota campus, Wisconsin and Iowa top the list.
Minnesota’s run to a runner-up finish in the National Invitation Tournament was more than a consolation gift at the end of another up-and-down season under coach Tubby Smith.
Gopher basketball coach Tubby Smith previewed the NIT title match-up with Stanford on the Morning News with Dave Lee
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.
Rodney Williams tied his career high with 21 points, Austin Hollins had 16 and Minnesota beat La Salle 70-61 Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT.
The National Invitation Tournament is often viewed as an anticlimactic, meaningless conclusion to the college basketball season, particularly for a program like Minnesota stuck in mediocrity for more than a decade.
Minnesota’s late-season slide was sharp enough to keep the Gophers from even getting in the NIT.