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Gophers Start Season With ‘All-Star Friday Night’

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota men’s basketball team will start the new season with a full slate of skills competition and an intrasquad scrimmage.

Rodney Williams will defend his dunk contest title at Williams Arena for “Gopher All-Star Friday night,” a takeoff on the NBA’s annual version of the event. There will also be an all-around skills competition and a 3-point shooting contest featuring current players and former Gophers. The kickoff used to be known as “Midnight Madness” and “Tubby’s Tip-off.”

There will also be an autograph session in the concourse featuring current and former players.

The first regular season game for the Gophers is Nov. 11 against Bucknell.

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