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The Minnesota Golden Gophers’ bench reacts against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of a NIT semifinal Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Minnesota won 67-64 in overtime. USA TODAY Sports

Men's College Basketball: Pitino, Gophers hope for NIT title

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By Marcus R. Fuller

St. Paul Pioneer Press

NEW YORK — Richard Pitino received text messages from all three of his signed 2014 recruits after Tuesday night’s thrilling 67-64 overtime win over Florida State put the Gophers in the NIT championship game.

He could tell they were excited.

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