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2012 NIT Schedule And Bracket: Minnesota Advances To Face Stanford In The Finals

The sixth-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers will take on the third-seeded Stanford Cardinal Thursday night at 7:00 EST at Madison Square Garden in the NIT Championship Game.

Minnesota reached the finals by sneaking past Washington, 68-67, in overtime. Andre Hollins scored the final 13 points for the Golden Gophers. Rodney Williams recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Minnesota also beat LaSalle, Miami and Middle Tennessee on its way to Madison Square Garden.

Stanford reached the finals with a 74-64 victory over UMass on Tuesday. Josh Owens led the way with 15 points and 12 reobounds for the Cardinal. Stanford also defeated Cleveland State, Illinois State and Nevada during the tournament.

Here is the complete 2012 NIT schedule and bracket. You can watch the game on ESPN.

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.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.