Minnesota was not included in the NIT field when it was announced on ESPNU on Sunday night.
The Gophers, who lost six of their final eight games, including a second-round matchup vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament, never found the momentum most expected after they won the NIT last season.
Coach Richard Pitino said on Thursday that he is "99 percent sure" that he would decline any invitations to lesser tournaments such as the CBI or the CIT -- so the Gophers' season most likely effectively ends.
Minnesota last missed both the NCAA and NIT in 2010-11.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.