No NCAA Tourney, But Gophers Get Number 1 Seed In NIT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's first postseason under coach Richard Pitino will be in the NIT, just like his predecessor Tubby Smith.
The Gophers (20-13) were expectedly passed over for the NCAA tournament after losing their last game by 26 points to Wisconsin in the Big Ten quarterfinals, so they were selected as one of the four No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament when the 32-team consolation field was revealed on Sunday night.
The Gophers host High Point (16-14), the regular-season Big South Conference champion, on Tuesday night. If the Gophers win, they'll play either Saint Mary's or Utah in the second round. As the top seed, they would also play a third-round game at home.