Sports Roundup: Gophers to host NIT 2nd round

The Gophers will host a second-round NIT game Monday evening against the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The time of the game will be announced today.
The Blazers (21-11) defeated Missouri 93-86 Wednesday night in Columbia, Mo., breaking the Tigers’ 13-game home winning streak.
The Gophers (16-15) beat Colorado State 77-65 on Wednesday in the first round of the NIT at Williams Arena.
The winner will play either Marquette (19-10) or Auburn (16-12) later next week for the right to go to New York for the NIT Final Four.
General public tickets for Monday’s game go on sale today at 9 a.m. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $8.50 for anyone with a valid student ID. They can be purchased in person or over the phone at (612) 624-8080 or 1-800-UGOPHER.
— Tim Klobuchar
Track teams set for NCAAs
Jumping and throwing are simple things that kids learn at an early age. They are also things that can get a person to this weekend’s NCAA indoor track and field championships in Indianapolis.
The Big Ten champion Gophers men’s track and field team is sending three of its members to the meet. Big Ten champion high jumper Staffan Strand leads the trio, while pole vaulters Tye Harvey and Vesa Rantanen round out the abbreviated squad.
Freshman Aubrey Schmitt is the only member of the women’s team to make it to the NCAAs. She qualified in the shot put based on her personal best throw in last weekend’s Iowa State Last Chance meet.
Her throw of 52 feet, 5 inches is the second best throw in Gophers history, and the 13th best throw in the nation this year.

— Michael Dougherty