The Gophers non-conference schedule was already looking meatier than a year ago, and it just got more interesting.
Thursday, matchups for the Battle 4 Atlantis – a Thanksgiving holiday tournament in the Bahamas – were announced, showing Minnesota pairing up with Duke in the first round. Here are the complete first-round matchups (all times Central):
Game 1: Missouri vs. Stanford(12 pm on AXS TV)
Game 2: Duke vs. Minnesota(2:30pm on AXS TV)
Game 3: Memphis vs. VCU (6:00pmon NBC Sports Network)
Game 4: Louisville vs. Northern Iowa(8:30pm on NBC Sports Network)
AXS TV was formerly known as HDNet. It is listed locally as Comcast Digital Channel 420, DirecTV Channel 306 and Dish Network Channel 131.
The tournament should provide a significant test of the Gophers’ early prowess with at least two good matchups, and could help highlight strengths or points of weakness.
Minnesota hasn’t played perennial power Duke since 1989, when the teams met in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Duke won 87-70.