Gopher’s Smith Eligible, Play in Maui 18 Jul 13

The University of Minnesota received good news yesterday regarding the playing status of transfer guard Malik Smith. The senior will be eligible immediately to play for the Golden Gopher this coming season after moving to the Minnesota program from Florida International, where he played for current Gopher coach Richard Pitino. Smith averaged 14-points per game for the Golden Panthers last season.

Gophers Draw Syracuse In Maui

The Golden Gopher basketball team has drawn a top notch opening-round opponent at the Maui Invitational in November. Pairings were announced today and Minnesota will take on Syracuse in the first round. Arkansas and California will play on the same side of the Gopher bracket. Dayton and Gonzaga play a first-round game, with Baylor and Chaminade also squaring off. Day one of the tournament is set for November 25th, with games coming the following two days, as well. Here is the first-round schedule for the 2013 Maui Invitational (times are Central):

Monday, November 25: Minnesota vs. Syracuse, 4:30pm,
Monday, November 25: Arkansas vs. California, 2pm,
Monday, November 25: Baylor vs. Chaminade, 8:30pm,
Monday, November 25: Dayton vs. Gonzaga, 11pm