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
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