Under first-year head coach Richard Pitino, the Gopher men's basketball team finished the 2013-14 season with a school-record 25 wins and the NIT Championship following a thrilling postseason run. Gophersports.com will count down the top 10 moments from the season.
Moment #1 - Minnesota Wins 2014 NIT Championship
Minnesota had made it all the way to the World’s Most Famous Arena and the bright lights of Broadway, but 40 minutes and the SMU Mustangs stood between the Gophers and a third NIT title. And in a back-and-forth battle all game long, it came down to the final minute before senior Austin Hollins knocked down a 3-pointer to break the 59-all deadlock. It would give the Gophers the lead for good as they held on for the championship victory.Finishing with a school-record 25 wins, Minnesota cut down the nets at Madison Square Garden, where Hollins was awarded the tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer trophy. The Gophers ended their season with a postseason title and a lifetime of memories.
Top 10 Moments:
Smith Scores 29
Walker's 10 Straight
vs. #11 OSU
Buggs Breaks Out
32 Points in
Final Home Game
Dunks on Badgers
2014 NIT Title
Gophers Edged in OT By No. 17 Wisconsin, 78-76
Amir Coffey scored 19 points and Akeem Springs added 16 for the Gophers (15-5, 3-4), who lost their third straight 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.
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.