Thursday night, the championship of the 2014 NIT will be decided inside Madison Square Garden as the SMU Mustangs will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in New York City.
SMU was viciously snubbed from the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and so far in the NIT, they’ve done nothing but prove that as a fact with the way they’ve fought through the competition to get to this point. They even showed great resiliency in a comeback win over Cal that propelled them to the semifinals, and they would now like to cap it all off with some hardware.
Minnesota was another team that everyone thought had a chance to maybe get into the big dance, didn’t, and now they’re showing just how good of a basketball team they really are. A win over SMU for the NIT title would be a fitting cap to this season, as well as a great stepping stone toward the future under Richard Pitino.
Here’s how you can watch all the action live on Thursday:
Date: April 3
Start Time: 7 PM ET
Location: New York City
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Live Stream: WatchESPN app
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