Sept 8, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray (5) runs with the ball for a first down in the second half against the New Hampshire Wildcats at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 44-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Gophers face Stanford in NIT Championship rematch

Nov 23, 2012; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Andre Hollins (1) drives around Memphis Tigers forward Tarik Black (10) during the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE


In a rematch of the NIT Championship game from March, the Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-1) will play the Stanford Cardinal (4-2) in the fifth and final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Minnesota lost to Standard in that championship game, 75-51. This time around, they will have the services of power forward Trevor Mbakwe, who suffered a season ending injury in the beginning of last season.

The Gophers will ride the momentum of their upset victory over No. 19 Memphis on Friday. They defeated the Tigers 84-75 led by sophomore point guard Andre “Dre” Hollins who scored 41 points.

Hollins had his breakout performance in the NIT tournament last year but was held to four points while turning it over five times in the game against Stanford.

Unranked Stanford lost to No. 13 Missouri in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis, but beat Northern Iowa on Friday to advance.

The game will be played at 2:30 p.m. CT and can be see on AXS TV.

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