The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball team is one of the pioneering programs in college basketball. Gophers basketball can trace its history all the way back to 1895, making it one of the oldest college basketball programs in the country. Minnesota was a founding member of the Big 10 Conference in 1896, and has played basketball in the Conference since 1905, when the Big 10 started sponsoring the sport. The Gophers were retroactively awarded National Championships in 1902, 1903, and 1919, all seasons that predated the NCAA Tournament. The program has won almost 10 Big 10 Conference regular season championships, and has made the NCAA Tournament over a dozen times. Minnesota basketball has played in 4 Sweet Sixteens, 2 Elite Eights, and made it to the Final Four in 1997. Some of the notable players to wear the Gophers maroon and gold are Lou Hudson, Chuck Mencel, Trent Tucker, Whitey Skoog, Jim Brewer, Mychal Thompson, Dick Garmaker, and Kevin McHale. The Golden Gophers are known for having a high-energy fan base, and game days are some of the most energetic in the Big 10. In 2014, the Golden Gophers took home the NIT Championship and look to carry that momentum and turn it into Big 10 victories and NCAA Tournament appearances over the coming yearsScore with TicketCity - the place to go for Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball tickets.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Basketball at Williams Arena Address: 1925 Southeast University Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55455
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball team plays their home games at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Williams Arena has been home to the Gophers since 1928, and can seat over 14,000 fans. Originally known as the Minnesota Field House, the venue was renamed in 1950 in honor of Dr. Henry Williams who coached the Golden Gophers football team from 1900-1921. The interior of the arena has an arched roof which resembles an airplane hangar and is known for reverberating noise back down into the stands. Unlike most college basketball courts that have benches on the same level as the court, the floor at Williams Arena is raised by about two feet so that the players have to step up onto the hardwood. The arena has come to be known as “The Barn” and houses one of the best home court advantages in the Big 10.
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
These two schools have played over 190 times, with the Golden Gophers holding a narrow edge in victories. Neither side has been able to gain a clear advantage in this series that has been back and forth since its inception. To define this rivalry in one word it would be aggressive. The physical nature of this matchup is something that never seems to fade away. The fans feed off this style of play and game days in Minneapolis and Madison are just a bit louder when it is Golden Gophers-Badgers.
Minnesota vs. Iowa
Anytime the Golden Gophers and Hawkeyes meet in athletics, it is going to be high energy. It’s not as heralded as the football and wrestling matchups between these schools, but the basketball games between Minnesota and Iowa should not be overlooked. The rivalry dates back to the early days of the Big 10 as both Universities have been members of the Conference for over 100 years. This game is consistently one of the best on the Gophers schedule and both programs look to be on the rise over the next decade.
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How can I buy cheap Minnesota Golden Gophers tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Minnesota tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Big 10 opponents like Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for unranked, non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer the best opportunity to purchase Minnesota tickets near face value.
Where can I find the 2016-2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball schedule?
The Golden Gophers 2016-2017 basketball schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the Big 10. Minnesota plays in the Big 10, which means games against Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Maryland. Game times are announced by the Big 10 as soon as the TV schedule is set. Minnesota’s home opener is typically one of the most popular games. They also compete with Wisconsin in the Border War. If you are looking for Golden Gophers news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Minnesota Golden Gophers team roster.
Can I buy Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball season tickets?
Minnesota Golden Gophers season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Minnesota basketball season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Williams Arena.
What is the best Minnesota rivalry game during the season?
The most exciting game on the Gophers schedule is with Wisconsin. The intensity and physicality of this matchup rivals any game in the Big 10 and it just keeps getting better each and every season. This game has history, competitiveness, tension, and above all it has leave-it-all-on-the-court basketball. Whether you are in Minneapolis or Madison, getting a chance to see this game in person is one of the best basketball experiences in the country.
What is the best game day tradition at a Golden Gophers home game?
One of the best traditions at a Minnesota basketball game is the Golden Gophers student section which has come to be known as “The Barnyard.” The name is a reference to the nickname for Williams Arena, “The Barn,” and reflects the high energy and passion of the fan base. The section is constantly jumping, hands raised, screaming for their Gophers. Their energy spills over to the players and the rest of the fans feed off of their example.