The University of Minnesota men’s basketball program announced the non-conference portion of its 2007-08 schedule today. The Golden Gophers open the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 10, against Army. The time has yet to be determined, but the game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. It is one of 19 times the Gophers will appear on the Big Ten Network this season.
“We are excited about the competitiveness of our entire schedule and the opportunities we will have to play in front of national television audiences on CBS, ESPN and the Big Ten Network,” head coach Tubby Smith said. “The Big Ten is at the forefront of college athletics when it comes to television coverage.”
Two of Minnesota’s first four games will be away from Williams Arena. The Gophers travel to Ames, Iowa for a matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones at 7 p.m., on Nov. 20. Minnesota will face Florida State for the third time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 27. That contest will begin at 6:30 p.m., Central and be broadcast on ESPN2.
Minnesota will make three other appearances on the ESPN family of networks during the non-conference season. Minnesota will face Central Michigan at home on Nov. 24 and Colorado State at The Barn on Dec. 8, on ESPN360. Both games tip at 7 p.m., Central time. The Gophers will face Santa Clara on Dec. 22 at 6 p.m., Central. That game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Minnesota will have a five-game homestand from Dec. 1 to Dec. 22 before traveling to Las Vegas for the Duel in the Desert Tournament hosted by UNLV. The Gophers will battle Nicholls State on Dec. 28, Kennesaw State on the 29th and the Runnin’ Rebels on Dec. 30. The Duel in the Desert games are the only games on the schedule that will not be televised.
The Maroon and Gold will open the Tubby Smith era on Thursday, Nov. 1, in an exhibition slate versus Minnesota State at 7 p.m. Minnesota’s other exhibition game will be Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Southwest Minnesota State at 6 p.m. Both of the exhibition contests will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.