The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has a long history of academic and athletic excellence. The U of M sports teams go by the moniker of the Golden Gophers. The University adopted the Gopher team name early on and deemed it appropriate since Minnesota is known as the Gopher State in the union.
The 'golden' adjective was added to the University of Minnesota's team name in the 1930's when KSTP-AM radio announcer Halsey Hall coined the term 'Golden Gophers' referring to the team's all-gold pants and jerseys on the field. The golden name stuck and the University amended their formal moniker to the Golden Gophers. The University of Minnesota's colors today include maroon, white and gold.
The Golden Gopher Men's Basketball team is a member of the Big Ten Conference in the NCAA and calls Williams Arena their home court. Williams Arena is located on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus at 1925 University Avenue and is nicknamed "The Barn" thanks to its barrel-vaulted roof and VIP loft style seating. Williams Arena can seat 14,000 fans and is often packed full of University of Minnesota hoops fans.
The Minnesota Golden Gopher Men's Basketball team has experienced up and down success throughout its history. The team has won the National Invitation Tournament twice, in 1993 and 1998, but has yet to win the coveted NCAA Championship. The team came closest to that title in 1997 when it made it to the prestigious Final Four of the tournament.
The University of Minnesota Men's Golden Gopher basketball program has produced many superstar players including NBA stars like Lou Hudson, Mark Olberding, Kevin McHale, Flip Saunders, Bobby Jackson, Voshon Leonard, Quincy Lewis, Randy Breuer and Joel Pryzbilla.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a large school in a huge basketball market, making Golden Gophers Basketball tickets a great commodity. Golden Gophers fans are constantly clamoring for the chance to see a fast-paced Gopher basketball game at Williams Arena. The University of Minnesota Gophers Men's Basketball program has what it takes to put on a fabulous show! Golden Gophers fans are never disappointed in a game at The Barn!
The biggest games of the year for Minnesota fans are always the Big Ten border battles when the Gophers take on the University of Wisconsin Badgers and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Purchase your Big Ten border battle tickets early to see the University of Minnesota Men's basketball team in action against the NCAA's biggest rivals. Buy Golden Gophers tickets and University of Minnesota basketball tickets now!