No NIT Title For Gophers Hoops

Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 6:46 am

A bad ending for the Gophers run last night in the NIT. Minnesota gets blasted 75-51 by Stanford at Madison Square Garden. The Gophers inspired postseason run suffered a very disappointing ending. Third-seeded Cardinal forced the Gophers to endure one of their worst losses of the year in a game Minnesota barely showed up for.

The Gophers came in having won six of their previous seven games but on this night they were completely out of synch including several prolonged stretches where they couldn’t score much, if at all. Held to only 19 successful shots from the floor (19-of-51), the Gophers compounded their multitude of issues with 21 turnovers.

Stanford was playing very well in the game too, with the tournaments most outstanding player, Aaron Bright, leading the Cardinal to their second NIT title, first since 1991.

Stanford led by as many as 30 points in the second half of this game and Tubby’s guys had no chance in the second half to even make the score look respectable.

Point guard Andre Hollins, who emerged in the NIT as a future standout, was a relative non-factor. Hollins streak of eight straight games in double-figures was cut-off with a four-point outing, made worse by five turnovers and zero assists.

Forward Rodney Williams led the team with mere 12 points, but saw his night finish early due to foul trouble. It was fun while lasted Gophers fans, and I’ll still maintain that I’d rather have seen them make a run in the NIT than get bounced by 30 in the opening round of the NCAA’s.

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