On the opening night of the 2014-15 men's college basketball season, the University of Minnesota and University of Louisville will take center stage on ESPN in the Armed Forces Classic, with the Gophers and Cardinals set to tip on Friday, November 14 at 6 p.m. central time (8 p.m. local time).
The contest will take place inside the hangar of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. It pits the Gophers, coming off a school-record 25 wins and NIT championship, against the Cardinals, who advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and captured American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two schools, including a 70-64 Gophers victory in the most recent competition at the 2008 Stadium Shootout in Glendale, Ariz. Overall, Minnesota leads the all-time series 3-1.
November's game will be the third-annual event in the Armed Forces Classic series, after games last year in Camp Humphreys, South Korea (Oregon 82, Georgetown 75) and the inaugural contest in Ramstein, Germany in 2012 (Connecticut 66, Michigan State 62).
In addition, both teams will also take part in a number of activities on and around the coast guard base leading up to the November 14 game.
Mason, Murphy lead Minnesota over Penn State 81-71
Nate Mason had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Jordan Murphy added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Minnesota Gophers in an 81-71 win over Penn State on Saturday.
Preview: Gophers vs. Penn State
Minnesota returns home for its final homestand of the year and final game in the month of February.
Traffic Advisory: Busy Weekend on Campus
Fans are advised to plan extra time for travel and parking on campus this Friday and Saturday due to multiple events taking place.