This is Amelia Rayno's third 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.

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Gophers open Big Ten season at Illinois Dec. 27

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: September 7, 2011 - 2:40 PM

It will all start in Champaign, Ill., for the 2011-12 Gophers.

The Big Ten announced its 2011-12 schedule Wednesday afternoon. Minnesota will begin its conference slate at Illinois Dec. 27 (Big Ten Network).

That's just the start of an opening run that will involve multiple charter flights during the holiday season for Tubby Smith's program.

The Gophers will play at Michigan on New Year's Day (Big Ten Network). Four of the team's first six games will be road matchups.

Check out the full Big Ten schedule.

I'll have a full breakdown later this week.



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