Despite being eligible for the Women’s NIT, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have accepted an invite to play in the 16-team Women’s Basketball Invitational.
The 15-17 Gophers are the No. 2 seed in the East. They will host Charleston Southern, 17-14, at 7 p.m. on Friday.
According to a Pioneer Press article, the Gophers, who haven’t played in the postseason in two years, didn’t want to gamble on a possible NIT bid.
“We wanted to make sure we were playing in the postseason,” coach Pam Borton said. “We were (initially) not guaranteed a spot in the NIT with a below-.500 record. We weren’t going to roll the dice, take chances or gamble if they were going to take us or not. With this, we knew we had a chance to play more basketball, play four games and possibly win a championship.”
Should Minnesota win its first-round game, it will host the winner of Bradley and Tennessee Tech.