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: 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).