NIT Bound

Minnesota's bubble finally bursted on Sunday when the Golden Gophers were not announced in the field of 68, but will continue their season in the NIT

The NCAA tournament was announced Sunday evening and while Minnesota didn't come up in any region, they will still continue playing this season. The Golden Gophers got invited to play in the National Invitational Tournament. They will be a No. 1 seed and will open play in this 32-team tournament on Tuesday against High Point.

Minnesota (20-13) will be facing against the Big South Conference regular season champions High Point Panthers (16-14).

The game is set for 7:15 p.m. CT at Williams Arena and it will be broadcast on ESPN3.

While first year head coach Richard Pitino wasn't able to punch a ticket with Minnesota, he still is eager and excited to be playing in the NIT from this quote in the full GopherSports.com release.

"While we are obviously disappointed that we were not selected for the NCAA Tournament field, we are extremely excited about the opportunity to continue our season in the NIT," said head coach Richard Pitino. "There is nothing better than the opportunity to play for a championship, and our players and staff are looking forward to the challenge, beginning Tuesday night against High Point."


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