Hoops Season to Get Underway at Gopher All-Star Friday Night

Go Gophers! All Star Friday Night kicks off the 2012-13 basketball season on Oct. 12 at Williams Arena.
Go Gophers!
All Star Friday Night kicks off the 2012-13 basketball season on Oct. 12 at Williams Arena.
Go Gophers!

Sept. 26, 2012

The University of Minnesota men’s and women's basketball programs will officially begin the season by hosting “Gopher All-Star Friday Night” on Oct. 12 at Williams Arena. The event, formally known as “Midnight Madness,” “Tubby’s Tip-off” or "Hoopla" will begin at 7:00 p.m. The entire night’s schedule is below. The Williams Arena doors will open at 7:00 p.m. in preparation for the evening’s first event.

“Gopher All-Star Friday Night” will have the look of NBA All-Star weekend and feature a two-ball shooting competition, a three-point shooting competition, a dunk contest and a scrimmage.

Also included in “Gopher All-Star Friday Night” will be prize drawings throughout the evening. The main prize includes a trip for two to the Battle 4 Atlantis, held at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The Minnesota men open the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thanksgiving Day against Duke.

The Gopher men open the 2012-13 schedule on Friday, Nov. 9 against American University at Williams Arena. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m. Minnesota will also host a pair of exhibition games, Nov. 1 vs. Minnesota State, Mankato and Nov. 5 vs. Southwest Baptist. Both games are set to tip at 7:00 p.m.

The Gopher women will open 2012-13 regular season play on Nov. 10 against Washington State in the Best Buy Classic. The Gophers also host a pair of exhibition match-ups against Concordia-St. Paul (Oct. 31) and Minnesota State, Mankato (Nov. 4).

Gopher Men's and Women's Basketball season tickets are on sale now for the 2012-13 season and are available by calling 612.624.8080 or 1.800.UGOPHER or online at www.mygophersports.com.

GOPHER ALL-STAR FRIDAY NIGHT TIMELINE (Times are Approximate)

7:00 p.m. – Doors Open
7:30 p.m. – Autograph Session in Williams Arena Concourse (current and former players)
8:20 p.m. – Lights Out – Dance Team Performance
8:25 p.m. – Introductions
8:45 p.m. – Warmups
8:50 p.m. – Two-Ball Competition
9:10 p.m. – 3-Point Shootout
9:30 p.m. – Dunk Contest
9:50 p.m. – Team Scrimmage