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
Preview: Gophers vs. Georgia Southern
Minnesota welcomes the Eagles to the Barn for a televised Friday night contest.
Northern Illinois Game to Air Live on BTN
Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Northern Illinois will now be televised live on BTN.
Minnesota Downs NJIT, 74-68
Akeem Springs came off the bench to score 19 points and Nate Mason added 18 for Minnesota, which came from behind in the second half and escaped with a 74-68 victory against NJIT.