Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship Thursday night, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title. Hollins scored 19 points and Andre Hollins had 14 for the Golden Gophers (25-13), who took home the trophy for the third time. They also won the National Invitation Tournament in 1993 and ’98, though the second one was vacated because of an NCAA rules violation involving player eligibility.
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With two famous names on the sideline, the NIT championship has a New York feel. One coach is a rising young star, the other is in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career. Both with boyhood ties to the Big Apple.
The Pitino family still has a chance to win a championship this season. Substitute center Maurice Walker made six free throws in overtime and Minnesota held off Florida State 67-64 Tuesday night to reach the NIT title game at Madison Square Garden.
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When DeAndre Mathieu got hurt, Maverick Ahanmisi got his chance he’d been waiting his entire college career for. In what could have been the senior’s last college game, he scored a career-high 21 points in the Gophers’ opening-round win over High Point University.
Two years ago, Minnesota embraced the National Invitation Tournament enough to reach the championship game.
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The Gophers aren’t in the NCAA Tournament. Instead in a weird bit of poetry, they’ll play Tubby Smith’s alma mater, High Point, on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT at Williams Arena.
The Gophers aren’t in the NCAA Tournament. Instead, in a weird bit of poetry, they’ll play Tubby Smith’s alma mater, High Point, on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT at Williams Arena.
Minnesota’s first postseason under coach Richard Pitino will be in the NIT, just like his predecessor Tubby Smith.
Minnesota junior Oto Osenieks will end his playing career a year early. The university announced Wednesday it will seek an NCAA medical waiver to keep his scholarship from counting against the 13-player limit next season.
Minnesota’s rejuvenating victory over rival Iowa was complete, and video of coach Richard Pitino’s postgame address to the players was being captured for one of the program’s multimedia productions. Pitino’s pep talk went right to the point: Austin Hollins.
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Austin Hollins and his Minnesota teammates were in one of those familiar February slumps. They fueled all that frustration into their finest shooting performance of the season, and No. 20 Iowa had the misfortune of being in the way.
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Andre Hollins led Minnesota (17-10, 6-8) with 15 points, and Austin Hollins and Mo Walker each added 10. The Gophers have lost six of their last nine games.
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Minnesota sophomore Wally Ellenson has left the basketball program. Gopher basketball coach Richard Pitino says the team respects Ellenson’s decision. The university announced his decision Tuesday.
Gopher forward Joey King say there’s nothing like a Gopher-Wisconsin game. “Just the opportunity to play Wisconsin, it’s something that people from Minnesota really look forward to,” King said. The win the first time may have changed the Gopher’s season. It also changed the way teams see Mo Walker, a key down the stretch, according to Coach Richard Pitino.
Gophers are trying to make it a Men’s and Women’s sweep of Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. Amelia Rayno of the Star Tribune has a a preview. Click the above link to listen!
Winning games means more money for Gopher Basketball Coach Richard Pitino. Sid has the details….click the above link to listen.