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March 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Lorenzo Romar on Minnesota: “They are going to play hard-nosed defense”

Washington faces a second Big Ten team in the NIT semifinals. This time it’s Minnesota, which finished ninth in the conference standings.
The Golden Gophers struggled big-time towards the end of the season. Before the start of the NIT, they lost nine of the previous 13 games, including a six in a row. At one stretch, they lost eight of 10 games and hopes of the postseason were non-existent.
Minnesota won its regular-season finale and went 1-1 in the Big Ten Tournament and was rewarded with a No. 6 seed in the NIT.
The Gophers went on the road and won three games away from home. They beat No. 3 La Salle (70-61), No. 2 Miami (78-60) and No. 4 Middle Tennessee (78-72).
“Minnesota presents another tough challenge for us,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school. “They play really good hard-nosed defense. Tubby Smith is one of the best coaches around. A tough opponent like this is what you would expect to find in the Final Four of the NIT.”
Washington toppled Northwestern 76-55 in the second round last week.
Interesting to note there’s 22 teams still playing in the postseason and three are from the Pac-12.
No one advanced to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen. Stanford and UW made it to the NIT semis and Washington State will play in the CBI finals
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— The Cougars knocked off Oregon State 72-55 last night at Gill Coliseum and they did it without their best player Brock Motum. The junior forward sprained his ankle and played just two minutes. Abe Lodwick took over and finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, his first career double double. OSU was also without guard Ahmad Starks and was forced to start Challe Barton. Eric Moreland had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Beavers, which scored a season low 55 points.
— The biggest news after the game is the status of OSU junior wing Jared Cunningham, who is contemplating a jump to the NBA. He told the Oregonian: “I’m just going to stick with my team until that day I decide whether to come back or leave,” Cunningham said. “It’s really up in the air right now. … If I’m going to be here next year, that would be great. If I leave, that would be great. As of right now, I’m just playing it by ear. I like this place, I like the team. … The ultimate goal is to make the NCAA Tournament. I feel we have a great group of guys that can make a push for it.”
— Here’s Bud Withers’ take on the Pac-12’s postseason showing.
— USC freshman Alexis Moore and sophomore Curtis Washington permission to contact other institutions about the possibility of transfering.
— Utah guard Anthony Odunsi has been granted his release.

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