Madison Square Garden plays host the Gophers and Stanford tonight in the NIT championship game. Minnesota defeated Washington in the semifinals thanks to a big game from freshman Andre Hollins. Tubby Smith says he wants Hollins to have the ball in clutch situations "because he’s making very good decisions with it.”
The Golden Gophers are on their way to the N.I.T. Final Four after beating Middle Tennessee, 78-72 Wednesday night. Rodney Williams finished with 24 points -- his fourth straight game with at least 20 points. Minnesota plays Washington at Madison Square Garden next Tuesday.
Rodney Williams and the Gophers are headed to the N.I.T. Elite Eight after destroying the Miami Hurricanes, 78-60 Monday night. Williams scored a game-high 21 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Minnesota plays Middle Tennessee Wednesday night. The winner advances to play at Madison Square Garden in the Final Four.
The Gophers run in the Big Ten Tournament came to a crashing halt Friday as they lost to second-seeded Michigan, 73-69 in overtime. Minnesota led 56-53 with less than 30 seconds left in regulation, but the Wolverines hit a three to force overtime, and eventually end the Gophers chances at the NCAA tournament.
Rashad Vaughn is only a sophomore at Robbinsdale Cooper high school, but he's already being compared to Gophers star Rodney Williams. One big reason for the comparison is that Williams also went to school at Cooper. Vaughn, only a sophomore, says he can hold his own with Williams.
The University of Minnesota didn't get its first Big Ten win of the season against No. 18 Michigan Sunday. Julian Welch and Rodney Williams each had 11 points in the 61-56 loss to the Wolverines. This was Michigan's seventh straight victory. The Gophers (12-3, 0-2 Big Ten) host Iowa on Wednesday.
Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers basketball team used a strong second half to pull away from a gritty Appalachian State team, 70-56 Tuesday night. Rodney Williams led the Gophers with 18 points, six rebounds, and five blocked shots.
The Gophers' basketball team debuted without Trevor Mbakwe Wednesday night and walked out of Williams Arena with a 58-55 win over Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Rodney Williams played his best game of the season, finishing with 14-points and 8-rebounds.