Oct. 4, 2011
A new twist on an old tale. The University of Minnesota men's basketball program will officially begin the season by hosting "Gopher All-Star Friday Night" on Oct. 14 at Williams Arena. The event, formally known as "Midnight Madness" and "Tubby's Tip-off", will begin at 7:00. The entire night's schedule is below. The Williams Arena doors will open at 6:30 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 skills competition, a three-point competition, a dunk contest and a scrimmage.
Also included in "Gopher All-Star Friday Night" will be the half-court shot contest. Fans will randomly be chosen and given the name of a current Gopher player. The player will shoot the shot and if made, the fan will win a Gopher Basketball prize pack. All fans chosen will be given a ball autographed by Gopher players.
The Gophers open the 2011-12 schedule on Friday, Nov. 11 against the Bucknell Bison 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. Bemidji State and Nov. 7 vs. Augustana College. Both games are set to tip at 7:00 p.m.
Gopher Men's Basketball season tickets are on sale now. Tickets for the 2011-12 season are available by calling 612.624.8080 or 1.800.UGOPHER or online at www.gophersports.com or www.mygophersports.com.
GOPHER ALL-STAR FRIDAY NIGHT TIMELINE (Times are Approximate)
6:30 p.m. - Doors Open
7:00 p.m. - Autograph Session in Williams Arena Concourse
7:55 p.m. - Lights Out - Dance Team Performance
8:00 p.m. - Introductions
8:15 p.m. - Warmups
8:20 p.m. - Skills Competition
8:30 p.m. - Half-Court Shot Contest
8:40 p.m. - 3-Point Shootout
9:00 p.m. - Dunk Contest
9:15 p.m. - Team Scrimmage
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