Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Arena: Williams Arena (14,625)
Internet: ESPN3/WatchESPN App
Tom Gelehrter (Play-by-Play)
Rich Zvosec (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play)
Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Series: First meeting
Series (Home): First meeting
Current Streak: N/A
Last Meeting: N/A
Richard Pitino vs. Lehigh: first meeting
Minnesota vs. Patriot League: 9-1
Richard Pitino vs. Patriot League: first meeting
GAME DAY TID-BITS:
The Gophers are opening up the regular season against a member of the Patriot League for the fourth time in the last seven seasons and the third consecutive season (defeated Army 84-52 in 2007, opened with a 70-58 victory over Bucknell in 2011 and beat American 72-36 last season).
The Gophers went 2-0 during the exhibition portion of their schedule, defeating Cardinal Stritch 79-57 and Concordia-St. Paul 101-67. Junior guard Andre Hollins led a group of four players with double-digit averages at 13.5 ppg over the two contests. Maurice Walker was close behind at 13.0 ppg to go along with a team-leading 9.0 rbg. Austin Hollins averaged 12.5 ppg while Joey King finished with an average of 11.5. junior guard DeAndre Mathieu averaged a team-high 8.0 assists per game.
Minnesota has a record of 47-4 over the last 51 years in regular season home openers. The four losses occurred in 1968 (Iowa State), 1969 (Notre Dame), 1987 (Drake) and 1988 (Ball State). That puts the Gophers current home opener win steak at 24.
Lehigh heads to Minneapolis having to replace its top three scorers from last season's 21-win team, including top scorer C.J. McCollum. McCollum was drafted 10th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.