Game Preview: Minnesota vs. High Point

Go Gophers! Austin Hollins
Go Gophers!
Austin Hollins
Go Gophers!
 Minnesota (20-13, 8-10) vs. High Point (16-14, 12-4)
 Date / Time Tuesday, March 18 | 7:15 p.m.
 Location Williams Arena - Directions
 Tickets MyGopherSports.com
 Travel Local Weather | Parking | Preferred Hotels
 Live Video ESPN3
 Radio 1500 ESPN | Gopher Radio Network
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GAME INFORMATION
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 7:15 p.m. CT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Arena: Williams Arena (14,625)
TV: ESPN3 - Clay Matvick (Play-by-Play); Mark Wise (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)

SERIES INFORMATION
Series: Second meeting (1-0)
Series (Home): Second meeting (1-0)
Current Streak: W-1
Richard Pitino vs. High Point: First Meeting
Minnesota vs. Big South: 5-1
(1-0 vs. High Point, 2-0 vs. Coastal Carolina, 0-1 vs. Gardner-Webb, 2-0 vs. UNC Asheville)
Richard Pitino vs. Big South: 2-0

GAME DAY TID-BITS
• The top-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers open play in the 2014 National Invitational Tournament, hosting No. 8-seed High Point on Tuesday in first round action.
• 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.
• The Gophers finished the season 8-10 in Big Ten action, standing alone in seventh place. They matched their conference standing from a year ago, and fell to No. 2-seed Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
• This is Minnesota's first-ever number-one seed in the NIT, dating back to 2006 when the tournament was first fully seeded. In that time, the Gophers have been seeded #4 in 2006 and 2008, and #6 in 2012.
• Minnesota has followed its last two NIT trips with berths in the NCAA Tournament in the very next season.
• This is Minnesota's second game this season against an opponent from the Big South Conference. The Gophers defeated eventual BSC Tournament champion Coastal Carolina on Nov. 19, 82-72, at the Barn.
• Senior guard Austin Hollins broke Rodney Williams's school record on Thursday when he took the court, marking Hollins's 135th career appearance in the Maroon and Gold.
• The Gophers' offensive outburst on Feb. 25 against Iowa marked a number of highs. It was the most points (95) scored in a Big Ten game since a 95-67 win over Penn State on Feb. 3, 1993 (not including vacated games). Minnesota tied a season high with 11 made 3-pointers, and the 61.2 percent team field goal shooting was a season high, and the best since Jan. 22, 2011 (.634 at Michigan - 26-41).