Oct. 13, 2012
The 2012-13 basketball season is officially underway. Thousands of Golden Gopher fans showed up Friday night for the second annual "Gopher All-Star Friday Night" and they went home impressed.
The night got underway with the introduction of the men's and women's teams as well as our very own Homecoming Royalty - head coaches Tubby Smith and Pam Borton. Following the introductions, the coaches, along with help from the teams, showed the crowd their own version of the very popular "Gangum Style".
Current players Oto Osenieks and Kionna Kellogg teamed up and won the two-ball competition over Mo Walker and Katie Loberg. Then senior Julian Welch reminded everyone that he was the team's best long-range shooter from last season in defeating Andre Hollins in the three-point competition.
The dunk contest was the deepest competition of the evening. Joe Coleman came into the event as the reigning champion but another former champion, Rodney Williams, was also in the field. The duo battled freshman leapers Charles Buggs and Wally Ellenson but Williams outlasted all three to gain his second title in four seasons.
The Gophers open the 2012-13 schedule on Sat., Nov. 10 against Washington State at Williams Arena as part of the Best Buy Classic. The game is scheduled to tip at 12:00 p.m. Minnesota will also host a pair of exhibition games, Oct. 31 vs. Concordia, St. Paul and Nov. 4 vs. Minnesota State. The games are set to tip at 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively.
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.
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