Gophers to play three times on ESPN/CBS in 2011-12
September 6, 2011 — 2:29pm
Finally, the Big Ten has announced its conference schedule. Well, part of it.
On Tuesday, the conference unveiled its nationally televised matchups on ESPN and CBS for the 2011-12 campaign.
Minnesota will appear on the networks (or their affiliates) three times during the conference slate: a Feb. 9 home matchup against Wisconsin, a Feb. 14 tilt against Ohio State at Williams Arena and another home game against Indiana Feb. 25 or 26, one of the CBS/ESPN wildcard games, according to the league's release.
The Big Ten expects to release its full conference schedule Wednesday, according to Valerie Todryk Krebs, conference spokesperson.
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News. Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno.
The question now is whether Minnesota can move past a bad long weekend and pick up some steam through the rest of this month and next – or whether a not-so-easy slate between now and New Year's will put the Gophers on the path toward the basement.