Gophers To Tip Off 2011-12 Season With "All-Star Friday Night"

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Trevor Mbakwe #32 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers dunks against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Northwestern won 75-65. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Friday night is the first time this season that the Gophers' men's basketball team can practice for this season, and they will be kicking things off with "Gopher All-Star Friday Night" at Williams Arena. The doors will open at 6:30 PM, and the entire schedule of events is as follows:

6:30 p.m. - Doors Open
7:00 p.m. - Autograph Session in Williams Arena Concourse
7:55 p.m. - Lights Out - Dance Team Performance
8:00 p.m. - Introductions
8:15 p.m. - Warmups
8:20 p.m. - Skills Competition
8:30 p.m. - Half-Court Shot Contest
8:40 p.m. - 3-Point Shootout
9:00 p.m. - Dunk Contest
9:15 p.m. - Team Scrimmage

For the Half-Court Shot Contest, fans will be randomly chosen and given the name of a current Gophers player. The players will then take turns taking shots, and the player that makes the shot will win a Gopher basketball prize pack for their chosen fan. All of the fans involved in the contest will receive a basketball autographed by the Gopher players.

There is no charge for this event. . .just show up at Williams Arena and catch all the action!

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