Gopher Sports This Weekend 08 Nov 13

 Golden Gopher quarterback Phillip Nelson of Mankato says winning this week’s Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors is more about how well the team’s offense played as a whole in last week’s 42-39 win at Indiana, and not as much about him individually.  Nelson threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the win.  He says winning the weekly award is a great honor and he shares it will his teammates, including his offensive line, running backs, and pass catchers.  He says those players made him “look good.”  7-and-2 Minnesota hosts 5-and-3 Penn State on tomorrow at 11 a.m.  Tickets for the game still remain.  The Gopher athletic marketing department is offering reduced-priced tickets on the Gopher sports Webpage.

 Gophers Men’s Basketball Open Season

The Richard Pitino era will begin in earnest tonight at Williams Arena as the University of Minnesota Men’s basketball team hosts Lehigh.  Already the Gophers have a pair of exhibition games under their belts and it was a couple of relatively easy wins.  Center Mo Walker lead the team in scoring with 28 points in the two games and also added 18 rebounds.  Deandre Mathieu, Andre Hollins, Austin Hollins, Oto Osenieks and Elliott Eliason are expected to be the starting five – the same five Pitino used in the exhibition schedule.  Tip tonight at The Barn is set for 7:00.

 Gopher Hockey on Road

The Gophers are coming off a bye week following the series with Boston College and got a chance to get healthy.  Now they move into what’s sure to be a big series with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  It’s a rematch from last January when the Gophers beat Notre Dame 4-1 at Mariucci Arena.  The Gophers enter the two game series with a 5-0-1 record while the Irish have won six of their first eight.  It’s also a big match up for Gophers head coach Don Lucia as his son, Mario, is a forward for Notre Dame.  Mario Lucia is also a Minnesota Wild prospect.  Series starts tonight at 7:00.

 Gopher Women in St. Cloud

The number-one ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s hockey team gets back on the ice starting at 3:00 this afternoon with a series against the Huskies in St. Cloud.  The Gophers not only are 10-0 this season but are riding a NCAA record 59-game winning streak.  The Gophers have more than handled SCSU in the past – in fact losing just three of their 61 all time matches.  St. Cloud will enter the series after going 1-0-1 last weekend at Minnesota Duluth.