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Andre Hollins leads Gophers into NIT championship

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.”

What's gotten into the Gophers?

Tubby Smith's Gophers have looked like a completely different team in the N.I.T. They're playing better defense and running a more efficient offense. The changes might have something to do with Andre Hollins becoming a leader and Ralph Sampson not playing.

Gophers blow away Hurricanes, advance to N.I.T. Elite Eight

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.

Gophers beat La Salle in NIT's first round

The Gophers upset third-seeded La Salle in their opening game of the NIT Wednesday, 70-61. Rodney Williams scored a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds. Minnesota plays Miami Monday in the second round.

Rodney Williams posterizes Nebraska

Rodney Williams might be the biggest highlight dunk waiting to happen in the country. In the Gophers' win over Nebraska on Saturday, Williams sent the Williams Arena crowd into a frenzy with an unbelievable one-handed slam over a diminutive defender.

No. 18 Wolverines defeat Gophers

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.

Life after Mbakwe, Gophers moving on

The Gophers' basketball season may have come to a crashing halt Monday when the University announced Trevor Mbakwe will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Tubby Smith is now facing the challenge of replacing his best player.