The Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball program was very successful from the outset, winning five conference championships between 1906-1919 and winning five retroactively awarded National Championships for the 1902, 1903, and 1919 seasons.
The Golden Gophers made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1972 and placed third in their region. The Golden Gophers most successful NCAA Tournament (that is still recognized by the NCAA) came in 1990. Minnesota was a #6 seed and beat the #11 seed UTEP Miners in the first round by a score of 64-61 in OT. After beating the #14 seed Northern Iowa Panthers in the second round, Minnesota faced the #2 seed Syracuse Orangemen in the Sweet Sixteen and pulled out the upset, winning the game by a score of 82-75. Minnesota lost to the #4 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Elite Eight.
Outside the NCAA Tournament, Minnesota has found postseason success in the NIT. The Golden Gophers have a record of 27-11 in the NIT and were the tournament champions in 1993 and 2014.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Recent NCAA Tourament History
The Golden Gophers last NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2013. Minnesota was a bubble team a month out from the NCAA Tournament, but a late season victory over the #1 Indiana Hoosiers helped propel them to an at-large berth. The Golden Gophers were a #11 seed in the South Region and beat the #6 seed UCLA Bruins by a score of 83-63. Minnesota wasn’t as lucky when they played the #3 seed Florida Gators in the next round, losing the game by a score of 78-64.