Sept. 26, 2012
The University of Minnesota men's and women's basketball programs will officially begin the season by hosting "Gopher All-Star Friday Night" on Oct. 12 at Williams Arena. The event, formally known as "Midnight Madness" and "Tubby's Tip-off", will begin at 7:00 p.m. The entire night's schedule is below. The Williams Arena doors will open at 7:00 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 two-ball shooting competition, a three-point shooting competition, a dunk contest and a scrimmage.
Also included in "Gopher All-Star Friday Night" will be prize drawings throughout the evening. The main prize includes a trip for two to the Battle 4 Atlantis, held at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Minnesota opens the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thanksgiving Day against Duke.
The Gopher women open the season with back-to-back home tournaments, the Best Buy Classic and the Subway Classic, beginning on Nov. 10. The squad will then travel to Mexico over Thanksgiving for the Cancun Challenge, before taking on Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Minnesota opens its Big Ten Conference schedule on Jan. 3 at Michigan State and hosts its league home opener on Jan. 10 vs. Ohio State.
Gopher Women's Basketball season tickets are on sale now for the 2012-13 season and are available by calling 612.624.8080 or 1.800.UGOPHER or online at www.mygophersports.com.
GOPHER ALL-STAR FRIDAY NIGHT TIMELINE (Times are Approximate)
7:00 p.m. - Doors Open
7:30 p.m. - Autograph Session in Williams Arena Concourse (current and former players)
8:20 p.m. - Lights Out - Dance Team Performance
8:25 p.m. - Introductions
8:45 p.m. - Warmups
8:50 p.m. - Two-Ball Competition
9:10 p.m. - 3-Point Shootout
9:30 p.m. - Dunk Contest
9:50 p.m. - Team Scrimmage
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Minnesota looks to get back on track against the Titans on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Courtside with Kenisha Bell
The Gophers assists leader and one of the team's top scorers, Bell has returned to the court where she played state tournament games.
Minnesota Falls to No. 8 Florida State, 75-61
Kenisha Bell scored 17 points and Carlie Wagner added 15 for the Gophers (4-3).