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Minnesota tops SMU to win NIT crown

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Minnesota vs. SMU - Men's NIT Championship Analysis

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(AP) Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship Thursday night, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title.

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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

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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Minnesota survives FSU in OT, advances to NIT final

DeAndre Matieu

Minnesota vs. Florida State - Men's NIT Analysis

(AP) Substitute center Maurice Walker made six free throws in overtime and Minnesota held off Florida State 67-64 on Tuesday night to reach the NIT championship game.

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GIF: Richard Pitino spikes chair in Minnesota huddle

Richard Pitino didn’t seem to want to any part of his chair during a timeout in Tuesday night’s NIT quarterfinal game vs. Southern Miss. With his players gathered around him, the five on the floor sitting in their respective stools, the first-year Minnesota coach picked up his seat and spiked it to the Williams Arena court. Watch Pitino in this post.

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Austin Hollins' career-high 32 lifts Gophers to NIT semis

(AP) Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points to lead Minnesota to an 81-73 win Tuesday night over Southern Mississippi and a spot in the NIT semifinals. Hollins, playing in his school-record 139th game, scored 12 straight points in a span of 1:42 to erase an eight-point first-half deficit. He made all 10 of his foul shots, including six straight in the final 48.1 to hold off the Golden Eagles, who had closed to within 78-73.

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Illinois tops Boston University in NIT opener

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Illinois vs. Boston University - NIT Analysis

(AP) Rayvonte Rice scored seven straight points late in the game and finished with a game-high 28, rallying Illinois past Boston University 66-62 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

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Quick Hit: Marble couldn't get going

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Hawkeyes Reflect on NIT Loss to Baylor

Iowa didn’t get Roy Devyn Marble going, and he was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, scoring just four points. And he didn’t get his first hoop in the second half until the 9:19 mark. Marble finished with six, hitting 3-of-12 shots and missing all four of his 3-pointers. But the junior had scored 24, 28, 24 and 21 in the previous four NIT games.

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Today's links: Iowa plays on, others plan ahead

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Let’s hear it for Iowa! I said: Let’s hear it for Iowa!! The Hawkeyes beat Maryland last night in the NIT semifinals. Gotta start daily links there. When folding seemed possible, Iowa seemingly found a way to straighten up and seal the deal against the Terps, notes the great Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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Big Ten Geeks: Iowa taking bite out of Big Apple

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While most have been focused on the drama that has led to this weekend’s Final Four (which we will preview Friday), Iowa has quietly been dispatching solid teams in the NIT. The Hawkeyes had a relatively easy time with Maryland last night and will face Baylor in the championship Thursday night.

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Gallery: Iowa off to first NIT title game

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Iowa knocked off future Big Ten rival Maryland, 71-60, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden to advance to the program’s first NIT title game. The Hawkeyes, who received a game-high 21 points from white-hot Devyn Marble, play Baylor on Thursday night for the NIT championship. Check out our photo gallery from Tuesday’s win over the Terps in this post.

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Iowa advances to NIT quarterfinals

Roy Devyn Marble scored 28 points to help Iowa hold off Stony Brook 75-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NIT. Aaron White added 13 points and seven rebounds for Iowa (23-12), which advances to quarterfinal matchup against the winner of Sunday’s game between Virginia and St. John’s. The Hawkeyes have won nine of their last 12 games.

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