"Gopher All-Star Friday Night" Kicks Off Hoops Season Oct. 14

Go Gophers! Trevor Mbakwe is the reigning slam dunk champion.
Go Gophers!
Trevor Mbakwe is the reigning slam dunk champion.
Go Gophers!

Oct. 4, 2011

More in the "Dunking 101" series with Rodney Williams and Chris Halvorsen!

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