Gopher Men/Women NIT, Wrestling Nationals 22 Mar 14

 The Minnesota Golden Gopher men’s team will play the Saint Mary’s Gaels tomorrow in the second round of the NIT at Williams Arena.  Game time has been set for 2 p.m. at the Barn.  The top-seeded Gophers beat High Point 88-81 in the opening round on Tuesday.  The fourth-seeded Gaels knocked off Utah 70-58 in round one.  Minnesota is 21-and-13 on the season, while Saint Mary’s is 23-and-11.  There are tickets still remaining for the game.

Here are the results and upcoming schedule in the Minnesota region of the men’s NIT:

Tuesday: No. 1 Minnesota 88, No. 8 High Point 81 (final), 
Tuesday: No. 2 Missouri 85, No. 7 Davidson 77 (final), 
Tuesday:  No. 4 St. Mary’s 70 , No. 5 Utah 58 (final), 
Wednesday:  No. 3 Southern Mississippi 66, No. 6 Toledo 59 (final), 

Sunday:  No. 4 St. Mary’s at No. 1 Minnesota, 2pm, 
Sunday:  No. 3 Southern Mississippi at No. 2 Missouri, 4pm, 

 Gopher Women Play SMU On Sunday: 

The Golden Gopher women’s basketball team will host SMU in round two of the women’s NIT tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m.  The game will serve as the second game of a doubleheader of sorts, with the Gopher men’s NIT game against St. Mary’s, which tips off at 2 p.m.  Fans holding tickets to the men’s game will be allowed to stay to watch the women’s game for free.

 Gophers In NCAA Wrestling: 

Defending back-to-back national champion, Tony Nelson, will make his way to the championship bout for the third consecutive year. Nelson secured his position in the final bout of the year by defeating Big Ten foe Bobby Telford of Iowa, 4-3. Today’s finals bout could be historic for the Golden Gophers as a Nelson victory would etch his name into the Minnesota wrestling history books. He would be the first Gopher to win three individual national titles. He will face Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State who boasts a 45-2 overall record.