#1 Gophers Host High Point Tuesday in NIT

March 16, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota men's basketball team will continue its season in the 2014 National Invitational Tournament, as the Golden Gophers earned a number-one seed. Minnesota will open play in the 32-team tournament on Tuesday night at home against High Point University.

Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. CT at Williams Arena, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Junior DeAndre Mathieu and the Gophers earned the No. 1 seed in the NIT.


"While we are obviously disappointed that we were not selected for the NCAA Tournament field, we are extremely excited about the opportunity to continue our season in the NIT," said head coach Richard Pitino. "There is nothing better than the opportunity to play for a championship, and our players and staff are looking forward to the challenge, beginning Tuesday night against High Point."

Minnesota (20-13) is back in the NIT after making it to the championship game in 2012, falling to Stanford at Madison Square Garden.  In total, this is the 13th appearance in program history at the NIT, not including 1996 and 1998 appearances that were later vacated. The Gophers have amassed a 22-12 record (.621) in NIT games, excluding vacated seasons.

High Point won the Big South Conference regular season championship and fell to Winthrop in the Big South Tournament quarterfinals. The Panthers are 16-14 overall on the season, including a 12-4 mark in conference play.

Tickets are $20 per ticket. All season ticket holders will have until 5 p.m. on Monday to purchase their season ticket locations for all games hosted at Williams Arena. Any season ticket locations not purchased will be released to the general public at 5 p.m. Monday. 

The first 500 Minnesota students will receive a free ticket to Tuesday's game. Student tickets can be picked up starting Monday at the athletic ticket office at Mariucci Arena.

More information on NIT ticketing can be found by visiting https://www.mygophersports.com/online/mens-basketball-postseason .

The first round of the 2014 NIT will be contested on March 18 and 19. Winners will advance to the second round (March 20-24) and quarterfinals (March 25-26), with all games played at higher seed's campus site. The final four teams will advance to New York and play the semifinals (April 1) and championship (April 3) at Madison Square Garden.