Gophers Open Battle 4 Atlantis Against Duke in the Bahamas

Go Gophers! Trevor Mbakwe finished with nine points and a game high 12 rebounds against Richmond on Sunday.
Go Gophers!
Trevor Mbakwe finished with nine points and a game high 12 rebounds against Richmond on Sunday.
Go Gophers!
Minnesota (4-0) vs. #5 Duke (3-0)
Date Thursday, November 22, 2012
Time 2:30 p.m. CT
Location Imperial Arena - Paradise Island, Bahamas
Series Record Tied at 1-1
Last Meeting L, 87-70 (March 24, 1989 - NCAA Sweet 16)
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SERIES INFORMATION

Series: 3rd Meeting (1-1)
Series (Neutral): 3rd Meeting (1-1)
Current Streak: 0-1
Last Meeting: March 24, 1989 (L, 87-70 - NCAA)
Tubby Smith vs. Duke: 4th Meeting (1-2)  
Minnesota vs. ACC: 16-23
Tubby Smith vs. ACC: 22-15

Game Day Tid-Bits:
Tubby Smith is 22-15 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference teams and will be meeting Duke for the fourth time as a head coach.
• This is the third meeting between Minnesota and Duke. The last meeting came in the 1989 NCAA Sweet 16, the first NCAA Tournament appearance for a Clem Haskins-led Gophers team and also the first NCAA appearance for Minnesota since the 1981-82 team.
• Minnesota lost the game 87-70 to a Blue Devil team that would eventually lose in the Final Four to Seton Hall. The Gophers were led by Willie Burton with 26 points. Kevin Lynch chipped in with 14. Duke's starting five contributed all but 11 points in the game, led by Phil Henderson and Robert Brickey with 21 apiece. Danny Ferry added 18 and freshman Christian Laettner finished with 10. The game was played in East Rutherford, N.J.
• The Gophers lone win in the series, a 79-73 victory, came on Dec. 28, 1954 during the Dixie Classic in Raleigh, N.C.
• The Blue Devils enter the Battle 4 Atlantis as the fifth ranked team in the nation. With that ranking, Duke will be the highest ranked team the Gophers have played in the Tubby Smith era since facing the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes during the 2011 Big Ten Conference season.
• Minnesota heads to the Battle 4 Atlantis with an overall record of 13-6 against the other seven teams in the field.
• Minnesota holds a record of 11-4 in regular-season tournaments during the Tubby Smith era, including the 2010 Puerto Rico Tipoff title after wins over Western Kentucky, #8 North Carolina & West Virginia.

Battle 4 Atlantis Schedule:
• Minnesota's opener against Duke at 2:30 p.m. CT can be seen live on AXS.tv, formally HDNet.
• AXS.tv can be found on DIRECTV channel 340, on Dish Network channel 362 and on Comcast channel 897.
• The rest of the Battle 4 Atlantis will be broadcast as follows: Games beginning at either Noon or 2:30 p.m. CT time can be seen on AXS.tv. Games at 6:00 & 8:30 p.m. will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
• NBC Sports Network can be found on DIRECTV channel 220, on Dish Network channel 159 and on most cable systems.
 • The entire schedule is below (all times Central):

Thursday, Nov. 22
Game 1    Missouri vs. Stanford (Noon)
Game 2    Duke vs. Minnesota (2:30 p.m.)
Game 3    Memphis vs. VCU (6:00 p.m.)
Game 4    Northern Iowa vs. Louisville (8:30 p.m.)
        
Friday, Nov. 23
Game 5    Loser G2 vs. Loser G3 (Noon)
Game 6    Loser G1 vs. Loser G4 (2:30 p.m.)
Game 7    Winner G2 vs. Winner G3 (6:00 p.m.)
Game 8    Winner G1 vs. Winner G4 (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 24
Game 9    Loser G5 vs. Loser G6 (Noon)
Game 10  Winner G5 vs. Winner G6 (2:30 p.m.)
Game 11  Loser G7 vs. Loser G8 (6:00 p.m.)
Game 12  Winner G7 vs. Winner G8 (8:30 p.m.)

Gophers Against the Battle 4 Atlantis Field:
• Minnesota heads to the Bahamas with an overall record of 13-6 against the other teams in the field.
• The Gophers have faced two of the seven teams during the Tubby Smith era in the Twin Cities - a victory over Louisville in Arizona (2008) and a loss to Stanford in the 2012 NIT title game.
• Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith holds a career record of 19-12 against the other teams in the field.

Gophers vs. Louisville: 3-1 (1 game vacated)
Current Streak: 1-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 20, 2008 in Arizona (W, 70-64)
Tubby Smith vs. Louisville: 7-4 (1-0 at Minnesota)

Gophers vs. Northern Iowa: 1-0
Current Streak: 1-0
Last Meeting: March 18, 1990 (W, 81-78 - NCAA)
Tubby Smith vs. Northern Iowa: 6-3

Gophers vs. Missouri: 2-0
Current Streak: 2-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 5, 1960 (W, 60-56)
Tubby Smith vs. Missouri: 2-0

Gophers vs. Stanford: 4-1
Current Streak: 0-1
Last Meeting: March 29, 2012 (L, 75-51 - NIT Finals)
Tubby Smith vs. Stanford: 1-1 (0-1at Minnesota)

Gophers vs. Memphis: 2-2
Current Streak: 1-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 31, 1992 (W, 70-55)
Tubby Smith vs. Memphis: 1-1

Gophers vs. VCU: 0-1
Current Streak: 0-1
Last Meeting: Dec. 28, 1970 (L, 63-56 - OT)
Tubby Smith vs. VCU: 1-1

Gophers and In-Season Tournaments:
• The Gophers have a combined record of 72-41 in in-season tournaments, dating back to the Chicago District Olympic Tournament during the 1935-36 season.
• The Gophers went 2-1 at the 2011 Old Spice Classic with wins over DePaul & Indiana State. Minnesota lost to Dayton in the championship game.
• Minnesota went 3-0 to capture the  Puerto Rico Tipoff title during the 2010 non-conference season. The Gophers' wins came against Western Kentucky, No. 8 North Carolina and West Virginia in the championship. Trevor Mbakwe was named the MVP of the tournament.
• Minnesota is 11-4 under Tubby Smith in in-season tournaments including a pair of victories over top-10 teams; the aforementioned victory over #8 UNC and a 82-73 win over #10 Butler in the 2009 ESPN 76 Classic in Anaheim.
• The most success in the history of the program in in-season tournaments came during the eight seasons in which the Gophers hosted the Pillsbury Classic from 1974-82. Minnesota never dropped a game in the history of the event, finishing 16-0