Game Preview: Minnesota vs. Southern Miss

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 Minnesota (22-13, 8-10) vs. Southern Miss (29-6, 13-3)
 Date / Time Tuesday, March 25 | 8 p.m.
 Location Williams Arena - Directions
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GAME INFORMATION
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Arena: Williams Arena (14,625)
TV: ESPN - TBA (Play-by-Play); Dan Dakich (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)

SERIES INFORMATION
Series: First meeting
Series (Home): First meeting
Current Streak: --
Richard Pitino vs. Southern Miss: First Meeting
Minnesota vs. Conference USA: 10-5* (1-0 vs. FIU, 1-0 vs. La. Tech, 2-1 vs. MTSU, 0-1 vs. Rice, 2-2 vs. UAB, 1-0 vs. UTEP, 1-0 vs. UTSA, 2-1 vs. Tulsa) *- games vs. FAU, MTSU (2), Rice, UAB, and Tulane vacated
Richard Pitino vs. C-USA: 3-4 (at FIU: 1-1 vs. FAU, 1-2 vs. MTSU, 1-1 vs. North Texas)

GAME DAY TID-BITS
• The top-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers continue play in the 2014 National Invitational Tournament, hosting No. 3-seed Southern Miss in quarterfinal action Tuesday.
• 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 24-12 record (.667) in NIT games, excluding vacated seasons.
• Minnesota is looking for its fifth trip to Madison Square Garden for the NIT, excluding vacated seasons. The Gophers won the 1993 NIT, finished second in 1980 and 2012, and won the third-place game in 2003. Minnesota won the 1998 NIT but later vacated the title.
• 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 first game against USM, and first Conference USA game since a 84-75 win over Memphis in the 2012 Battle for Atlantic. The Gophers also faced current CUSA member Middle Tennessee State, then a member of the Sun Belt, in the 2012 NIT quarterfinals, a 78-72 Minnesota win in Murfreesboro.
• Senior guard Austin Hollins broke Rodney Williams's school record last week when he took the court, Hollins's 135th career appearance in the Maroon and Gold. Hollins' school record now stands at 138 games.