Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Arena: Williams Arena (14,625)
Matt Nelson (Play-by-Play)
John Focke (Analyst)
Radio: Learfield/1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play)
Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Series: Fifth meeting (3-1)
Series (Home): Fourth meeting (3-0)
Current Streak: L-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 26, 2006 - L, 65-72
Richard Pitino vs. Montana: first meeting
Minnesota vs. Big Sky: 28-3:
(2-0 vs. Eastern Washington; 3-1 vs. Montana; 17-2 vs. North Dakota; 5-0 vs. Montana State; 1-0 vs. Weber State)
Richard Pitino vs. Big Sky: first meeting
GAME DAY TID-BITS
The Gophers are 28-3 all-time against teams currently in the Big Sky Conference, including 3-1 against the University of Montana.
The Grizzlies will be making their first trip to the Twin Cities & Williams Arena since a matchup on Dec. 31, 1976, a 102-81 Minnesota victory.
Montana won the last matchup with the Gophers, 72-65, in the third game of the 2006 Old Spice Classic in Orlando.
The matchup with the Gophers will be the season opener for Montana. The Grizzlies are coming off of a 25-7 season and their second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Coach Wayne Tinkle is the reigning Big Sky Coach of the Year and guard Kareem Jamar is the reigning Big Sky MVP.
Five players made their Gophers' debuts in the season-opening victory over Lehigh, led by sophomore Joey King. King scored a game-high 20 points, one point away from tying his career high. DeAndre Mathieu was in the starting lineup and finished with a game-high nine assists. Minnesota has not had a player dish out double-digits assists since Damian Johnson did so against Iowa in 2010.
Gophers' junior Elliott Eliason had played in 71 career games prior to the season opener against Lehigh. His 72nd game was a coming out party, however. He logged 28 minutes and finished with a career-high 17 rebounds, 11 points - one bucket away from a new career-high - and two blocks.
Following the 81-62 victory over Lehigh, Minnesota now has a record of 48-4 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 25.