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Rick Pitino and Peyton Siva take in NIT Championship

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino on Richard's NIT Championship

Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals saw their season come to an end last weekend with a 74-69 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. Therefore, Pitino got the chance to take in tonight’s NIT Championship game between Minnesota and SMU. Of course, Pitino’s son, Richard, is the head coach of the Gophers.

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Is NIT final better than one-and-done NCAA trip?

Joey King

Gophers on Making it to NIT Championship

Minnesota’s NIT semifinal overtime win over Florida State on Tuesday night wasn’t a thing of beauty. But, it doesn’t matter. The triumph means that the Golden Gophers will play SMU for the NIT title on Thursday night.

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Video: Richard Pitino's NIT title speech to Gophers

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota didn’t make the NCAA tourney, but it compiled one of the better seasons in team history. The Gophers set a record for wins in a single season (25) on their way to claiming their third NIT crown. Not bad for a team with a first-year coach and a revamped roster from a team that won a game in the NCAA tourney a season ago.

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