March 25, 2014
MINNESOTA MEN’s BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
#1 MINNESOTA (23-13) 81, #3 SOUTHERN MISS (29-7) 73
WILLIAMS ARENA | MINNEAPOLIS | MARCH 25, 2014
ATTENDANCE: 5,444 (14,625 capacity)
• Tonight’s game was the first-ever meeting in men’s basketball between Minnesota and Southern Miss.
• Minnesota now owns an all-time record of 11-5 against current members of Conference USA.
• First-year Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino had never faced USM, but is 4-4 versus Conference USA foes, with all but tonight’s win taking place during his 2012-13 season at Florida International.
• The Gophers improved to 25-12 all-time in 13 NIT appearances, excluding vacated games.
• Minnesota will make its fifth all-time trip to Madison Square Garden for the NIT, including its second-straight. The Gophers also advanced to New York City in their last NIT appearance, during the 2011-12 season, where they defeated Washington in overtime before falling to Stanford in the title game.
• Minnesota is a No. 1 seed in the NIT for the first time since the tournament was first fully seeded in 2006. The Gophers have twice been a No. 4 seed (2006, 2008), and they were a No. 6 seed in 2012.
• The Gophers combined to make 19-of-21 (.905) free throws in the win, while USM made just 12-of-20 (.600) attempts.
• Minnesota came up with 12 steals as a team, the third time this season that the Gophers finished with 12 or more thefts in a game.
• The Gophers now advance to play the winner of the game between #1 seed Florida State and #3 Louisiana Tech. That game will be played at either 6 or 8 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, April 1 on ESPN2. The championship game will take place at 6 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, April 3 and will be televised on ESPN.
• Minnesota improved to 12-1 this season when wearing its home White uniforms.
• The Gophers were credited for 23 assists on 26 field goals. The assist total is a season-high for Minnesota, topping the 21 assists they dished out in the win against South Dakota State on Dec. 10.
• Senior guard Austin Hollins finished with a career-high 32 points to increase his career total to 1,285 points. Hollins passed Blake Hoffarber (1,267 points during 2007-11), Dusty Rychart (1,268 points, 1999-2002), Arriel McDonald (1,273 points, 1991-94) and current teammate Andre Hollins (1,282 points, 2011-present) on Minnesota’s all-time scoring list and is now ranks 16th.
• Austin Hollins had 32 points tonight. The last time a Gopher had over 30 points in game was Andre Hollins' 41 point game against Memphis on Nov. 23, 2012.
• In the first half, Austin Hollins was 6-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point range, for 18 points. He finished the game 8-of-14 from the field, 6-of-11 from beyond the arc, and 10-of-10 at the free throw line. He added four assists, three steals and two rebounds.
• Austin Hollins played in his 139th career game for the Gophers, which is five more than any other player in the program’s history.
• Junior forward Maurice Walker came off the bench to score 12 points and lead all players with nine rebounds. Walker also tied career-highs for assists (4), steals (3) and blocked shots (3).
• Sophomore forward Joey King registered his eighth double-figure scoring game this season by finishing with 15 points on 7-of-13 field goals.
• Junior guard Andre Hollins was limited to five points in the game, but he led all players with seven assists, while also grabbing four rebounds and coming up with a pair of steals.
• Senior guard Maverick Ahanmisi made 2-of-3 treys to finish with six points and two assists in his final home game.
Northern Illinois Game to Air Live on BTN
Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Northern Illinois will now be televised live on BTN.
Minnesota Downs NJIT, 74-68
Akeem Springs came off the bench to score 19 points and Nate Mason added 18 for Minnesota, which came from behind in the second half and escaped with a 74-68 victory against NJIT.
Preview: Gophers vs. NJIT
The men's basketball team returns to the Barn Tuesday to begin a six-game December homestand.