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Photo by Adam Hunger / USA TODAY Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino directs his team against Florida State during the first half of a NIT semifinal game on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

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.

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He could tell they were excited.

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