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.