MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will play Oklahoma State in a neutral-site nonconference game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this season.

The Gophers announced Friday they’ll face the Cowboys on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the 3,250-seat Sanford Pentagon arena. The venue opened two years ago and has hosted four NCAA Division I games to date, with two scheduled this season.

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Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said the program’s goal was to take on a “marquee opponent” in December to prepare for Big Ten play. Oklahoma State finished 18-14 last season and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.

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The Gophers and Cowboys last met in 1986. They’ve played five times, with three wins by Minnesota, all on its home court.

Iowa State and Colorado also have a nonconference game scheduled for the Sanford Pentagon on Nov. 19.

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