Gophers-Stanford game preview

  • Updated: March 28, 2012 - 10:31 PM

Gophers at a glance: A couple weeks ago, Gophers coach Tubby Smith had yet to notch a single victory in a postseason tournament while at Minnesota. Now he has four, with a potential NIT championship hanging in the balance Thursday. Freshman guard Andre Hollins has become a true leader for the Gophers, and again led them in scoring in the semifinals with 20 points and five assists. Rodney Williams's 20-points-plus streak ended at four games, but the forward continue to produce at a high level. Tuesday, he had 18 points and nine rebounds. Turnovers continue to be a significant problem for the Gophers, who had 21 Tuesday.

Stanford at a glance: The Cardinal might not have had the same tough conference competition as the Gophers, but there's no denying what Stanford has done in the NIT, winning three of their four games by double digits. Against UMass in the semifinals, four players scored 12 points or more, and Josh Owens added 12 rebounds to his 15 points. Freshman guard Chasson Randle leads the team with 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds a game ... Stanford, like the Gophers, has a young nucleus of players that make mental mistakes at times, but have a lot of promise.

MICHAEL RAND

  • 6 P.M. VS. STANFORD • MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK • ESPN, 1500-AM
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