The Minnesota Gophers downed #1 Washington Huskies 68-67 to head to the NIT Championship. They will now face 3-seed Stanford on Thursday, March 29th. It was a close and exciting game and couldn’t be decided in just 2 halves, not that it shouldn’t have been. The referees decided to swallow their whistles at the wrong time and almost decided the game instead. Two obvious no-calls occurred the first allowing Washington to climb back into the game. The second allowing the game to head to overtime. Ultimately, the game went in the right direction and the Gophers came out on top (the picture below is from their press conference).

 The biggest reason was freshman Andre Hollins who had breakout performance. He finished with 20 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. He was under immense pressure and was clutch the whole time. Rodney Williams was his usual effective self scoring 18 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. Here is hoping he comes back for his senior year. If not, hopefully he can finish his season on a high note, with a NIT Championship trophy. That still has to be determined.

 Washington was led by Terrence Ross with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Pay attention to him Wolves fans. He could fall into the 12-18 range in the draft and may be the SG the Wolves desperately need.