Travel Blog: 2014 Big Ten Tournament
Follow the Gophers on and off the court as they travel to Indianapolis, Ind. to battle for the 2014 Big Ten Tournament title. Minnesota, who earned the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 11-seeded border rival wisconsin on Thursday, March 6 to advance to the quarterfinals. The Gophers, who rallied to defeat the Badgers, have now set their sites on No. 3-seeded Nebraska. Tip off is at approximately 8 p.m. CT on Friday, March 7. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For all the information about the Big Ten Championships, visit the championship website.
Wednesday, March 5 - 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
The Gophers escaped the frozen tundra and jumped on a jet plane to warmer weather. Well, okay... it is only a ten degree difference as we touched down in Indianapolis but with the kind of winter we've had, ten degrees makes a big difference.
The team, coaches and staff were joined by the Spirit Squad and the Minnesota Pep Band on the flight where the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming tournament could be felt in the air.
Once on the ground, the Gophers made their way to their accommodations for the weekend, a beautiful downtown hotel, where dinner was had and the Gophers settled in for the night.
Tomorrow is the big day and the Gophers will be all business moving forward with their eyes on the prize. Not only is there a conference championship on the line but the Gophers NCAA Tournament birth is in the balance as they play this weekend.
Gophers Athletics announced that the Hard Rock Café Indianapolis, which is located at 49 South Meridian Street, will be the official home of Minnesota fans throughout the 2014 Big Ten Tournament. Fans are encouraged to attend a special Gopher fan gathering on Thursday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. Goldy the Gopher and the Spirit Squad will be in attendance. If you're in Indianapolis and you're a Gopher fan... the Hard Rock Café will be the place to be on Thursday afternoon. Come out and show your support for the Maroon and Gold.
That's all for the night as we turn in and prepare for a great game tomorrow evening. Go Gophers!
Thursday, March 6 - 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT
Happy Game Day Gopher fans! We just returned to the hotel from our first look at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the weekend. The Gophers had a 30 minute closed practice on the court and are now preparing for tonight's game against Wisconsin.
The weather here is beautiful in comparison to the temperatures we've been experiencing lately in Minneapolis. The sun is shining and it is 45 degrees. Nothing to complain about there!
This afternoon, Gopher fans who have made the trip to Indianapolis will gather at the Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis at 4:30 p.m. to show their support for the team and spend some time with Goldy and the Spirit Squad. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, March 6 -- 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET
What an afternoon! After shoot around the team, staff and coaches took the afternoon to relax and prepare for the game. Many of the Gopher student-athletes and Spirit Squad members could be found in the lobby studying and doing homework or exploring Indianapolis.
Fans gathered at the Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis, the home of the Gophers for the weekend, to show their support for the Maroon and Gold before the game.
We then hopped on the bus and traveled the few blocks to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Just go in through security and everyone seems to be settling into a normal pregame schedule. Want to read the preview of tonight's game? Here's your chance!
Are you going to tune into the Big Ten Network to watch the game? If not, you can always follow the Gophers on Twitter at @GophersWBB or on Facebook.
Tip off is in less than an hour! We will leave you with two words: GO GOPHERS!