May 28, 2014
Gopher men's basketball, under first-year head coach Richard Pitino, put the wraps on one of the most successful seasons in school history. Setting a new school record with 25 victories, including wins over top-25 opponents Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa at Williams Arena, the Gophers captured the 2014 NIT title at Madison Square Garden. GopherSports.com will take a look back each day with the top 10 moments from the 2013-14 season.
#4: Austin Hollins Incredible Block in NIT Semifinal
The Gophers made the most out of their postseason opportunity, earning the number-one overall seed in the National Invitation Tournament. After three home wins over High Point, St. Mary's and Southern Miss, Minnesota earned a spot in the Big Apple for a rematch with Florida State in the semifinals.
Minnesota led by four midway through the second half, but the Seminoles were threatening and looking to put an exclamation on their comeback attempt. Aaron Thomas went up for what looked to be an uncontested one-handed slam, but Austin Hollins flew in from behind and blocked the shot. It was a key momentum play as the Gophers went on to knock off FSU, 67-64, in overtime and advance to the championship game.
Gophers Can't Hold Off Penn State, Fall 52-50
Tony Carr drew a foul on a final drive to the basket and made two free throws with five seconds left to lift Penn State to a 52-50 win over No. 24 Minnesota on Saturday.
Preview: Gophers at Penn State
Minnesota closes out a grueling stretch of road games to begin conference season in Happy Valley Saturday.
Minnesota Drops Contest at Michigan State, 65-47
Michigan State build a huge lead it used to cruise to a 65-47 victory over No. 24 Minnesota on Wednesday night.