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 release 2012-13 men's basketball schedule

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: August 30, 2012 - 12:40 PM

Here it is, folks. Again, we don't have the times and TV assignments yet.

* games in BOLD ARE HOME

Nov. 1 - Minnesota State - Mankato (Exh.)

Nov. 5 - Southwest Baptist (Exh.)

Nov. 9 - American

Nov. 12 - Toledo

Nov. 15 - Tennessee State

Nov.18 - Richmond

Nov. 22-24 Battle 4 Atlantis (Bahamas)

Nov. 22 - Duke (Bahamas)

Nov. 23 - Memphis/VCU (Bahamas)

Nov. 24 - TBD (Bahamas)

Nov. 27 -  Florida State

Dec. 1 - North Florida

Dec. 4 - South Dakota State

Dec. 8 - USC

Dec. 11 - North Dakota State

Dec. 22 - Lafayette

Dec. 31 - Michigan State

Jan. 6 - Northwestern

Jan. 9 -Illinois

Jan. 12 -Indiana

Jan. 17 - Michigan

Jan. 23 - Northwestern

Jan. 26 - Wisconsin

Jan. 29 - Nebraska

Feb. 3 - Iowa

Feb. 6 - Michigan State

Feb. 10 - Illinois

Feb. 14 - Wisconsin

Feb. 17 - Iowa

Feb. 20 - Ohio State

Feb. 26 - Indiana

Mar. 2 or 3 - Penn State

Mar. 6 - Nebraska

Mar. 9 - Purdue

 Notes:

The Gophers won't visit Penn State or Michigan this season; they won't host Purdue or Ohio State. That about balances out. They see two very good teams only once but miss opportunities by playing potentially weaker teams only once.
 
Last year the Gophers were forced to start the Big Ten schedule on the road and struggled. This year, they get to start at home; conversely their last two games are on the road.
 
Toughest stretch: The Wisconsin -Iowa-Ohio State- Indiana stretch of Valentines Day through Feb. 26 will not be fun, but at least the Gophers get two out of the big three at home. The toughest will probably be the opening stretch, when the Gophers lead off with the Spartans, and then a couple of weeks later have to play at Indiana, against Michigan and at Wisconsin (with Northwestern thrown in), all in a 14-day span.

 

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