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Pitino's Gophers likely headed for the NIT after no NCAA tourney bid

Pitino's Gophers likely headed for the NIT after no NCAA tourney bid

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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Half of the Big Ten made the NCAA Tournament, but the Gophers did not.

The Minnesota Gophers (20-13) are likely headed to the National Invitational Tournament after they did not grab one of the final 36 at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament, which were announced Sunday.

The Gophers lost to the Wisconsin Badgers in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday by 26 points, further cementing their postseason fate. The Gophers had three wins over ranked teams in Richard Pitino's first season at the helm, but couldn't overcome blemishes on their record that included home losses to Northwestern, Illinois and road losses at Nebraska and Purdue.

The Gophers were among the 'first four out' on ESPN Joe Lunardi's projections for the bracket and their chances looked slim after other bubble teams in Nebraska and N.C. State snatched bids. 

The NIT selection show is at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU. 

The Big Ten

The University of Wisconsin (26-7) is the No. 2 seed in the West Region and will play the 15-seed American Eagles (20-12) on Thursday. 

The Michigan Wolverines (25-8) is another two seed in the Midwest Region. The Wolverines will play Wofford (20-12) on Thursday.

Michigan State (26-8) claimed the Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday and will be a four seed in the East Region, tipping off against 13-seed Delaware (25-9) on Thursday. 

Ohio State (25-9) is a six seed in the South Region and will play the No. 11 Dayton Flyers (23-10) in their first round. 

The Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-12) is the 11th seed in the West Region and will play No. 6 Baylor (24-13) on Friday.

The Iowa Hawkeyes (20-12) will be in a play-in game against Tennessee (21-12) for the 11 seed in the Midwest Region.

No. 1 seeds

The University of Florida (32-2) was named the top overall seed above the other No. 1 seeds in the University of Arizona (30-4), Wichita State (34-0) and Virginia (28-6). 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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