Feb 26, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Rodney Williams (33) drives to the basket during the second half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Williams Arena. Indiana defeated Minnesota 69-50. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Rodney Williams Looks To Lead Golden Gophers To NIT Championship

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will attempt to earn a championship berth when they face the Washington Huskies in the 2012 NIT semifinals on Wednesday night.

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Middle Tennessee Vs. Minnesota Final Score: Golden Gophers Advance To NIT Semifinals With 78-72 Win

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will continue their nice run in the National Invitational Tournament, advancing to the semifinals by knocking off No. 4 Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night, 78-72. Minnesota will now play No. 1 Washington next Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Minnesota trailed the Blue Raiders at the half by four, 32-28, but made their first five shots in the second half en route to taking complete control of the game. An 11-4 run in the middle of the half and another quiet 10-4 allowed the Golden Gophers to build a lead that the Blue Raiders were unable to overcome in the final minutes, despite a nice little run at the end.

Middle Tennessee trailed by two with seven seconds remaining and was whistled for a tech because the defender on the indbounds crossed the boundary and made contact with the passer. Minnesota hit both of their free throws there and the subsequent two to complete the six-point win.

Rodney Williams was the game's leading scorer with 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

Tip next Tuesday is at 9 p.m. and will be aired again on ESPN2.

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NIT 2012: Maybe There's Hope For The Minnesota Golden Gophers After All

Things were looking pretty bleak for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team just a week ago. But two solid NIT victories and a returning star player might have just changed that outlook.

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Tyus Jones, Minnesota Recruit, Could Hold Key To Golden Gophers' Future

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a big game coming up in the 2012 NIT Tournament, but Apple Valley point guard Tyus Jones could be key recruit for the future.

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NIT 2012: Bracket And Schedule For Wednesday's Games

The quarterfinals of the men's National Invitational Tournament will continue on Wednesday night live on ESPN2. The winners will do battle in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden next Tuesday.

The first half of the quarterfinals took place last night, No. 5 seeded U. Mass took down No. 3 Drexel and No. 1 Washington defeated No. 3 Oregon. U. Mass will now play either No. 3 Stanford or No. 5 Nevada and Washington wil play the winner of the No. 6 Minnesota-No. 4 Middle Tennessee game in the NIT's version of the 'Final Four.'

The schedule for the second half of the quarterfinals is below:

No. 6 Minnesota vs. No. 4 Middle Tennessee: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 2

No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 5 Nevada: 9 p.m. ET on ESPN 2

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