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NIT 2012: Minnesota Golden Gophers Take On Washington Huskies In Semifinals

The Minnesota Golden Gophers square off against the Washington Huskies Tuesday night at 9:30 EST at Madison Square Garden in the NIT's Final Four.

Minnesota has advanced this far with wins over LaSalle, Miami and Middle Tennessee. Washington, meanwhile, is the No.1 overall seed in the tournament and reached the semifinals with wins against Texas Arlington, Northwestern and Oregon.

The Golden Gophers are led by forward Rodney Williams, who is averaging 22 points per game in the NIT. Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins have also played very well in the Minnesota backcourt.

Washington will rely heavily on wing Terrence Ross, who is leading the Huskies with 26.3 points per game in the NIT. Flashy freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. has also been able to use his size and slashing ability to garner easy looks for his teammates all tournament long. His ability to get into the lane will be a crucial factor in Tuesday night's match up.

The winner of Tuesday's night cap will play the winner of the other semifinal match, showcasing Stanford and UMass.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. You can also learn more about college basketball around the nation at SB Nation's College Basketball hub.

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