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Minnesota, Oklahoma game time set for 7 p.m.

11/05/2019, 3:00pm CST
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sanford Pentagon will host Minnesota and Oklahoma in a regular-season men’s college basketball game on at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9.

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The contest will be Minnesota’s third trip to the Pentagon, which has hosted 25 NCAA Division I men’s college basketball games since opening in 2013. The Gophers lost to Oklahoma State 62-60 on Dec. 12, 2015, and defeated Vanderbilt 56-52 on Dec. 3, 2016. This will be Oklahoma’s first visit to the Pentagon.

“We are thrilled to have two NCAA Tournament teams in Minnesota and Oklahoma face each other on Heritage Court,” said Kevin Lampe, president of Sanford Sports. “It’s exciting to welcome back the Gophers to the Pentagon, and we’re looking forward to introducing the Sooners to the atmosphere on Heritage Court. We have no doubt this will be a great matchup and a memorable experience for the players and fans.”

A member of the Big Ten, Minnesota is coming off a 22-14 season, finishing seventh in the conference. The Gophers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season before falling to eventual Final Four participant Michigan State.

“I could not be more excited about bringing our team back to the Sanford Pentagon next season,” said Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino. “We will have a chance to compete against a perennial power in Oklahoma very early in the season, in one of the best neutral-site environments in the country. I have the utmost respect for Coach Kruger and the program he has built at OU. The game will provide a tremendous experience for our team and our fans.”

Oklahoma, a Big 12 program, finished the 2018-19 season with a 20-14 record. The Sooners advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, before falling to eventual national champion Virginia.

“We're excited to add another challenging neutral site game for next season by facing a talented Minnesota team at the Sanford Pentagon,” said Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger. “Sanford Health is a huge proponent of college basketball and a crucial ally in the fight against cancer through its support of the Coaches vs. Cancer organization.”

This will be the ninth meeting between Minnesota and Oklahoma, with the series tied at 4-4. The last time the teams met was in 2004 at the Great Alaskan Shootout where the Sooners won 67-54.

DI Men’s Basketball Games at the Sanford Pentagon

Date Game
Nov. 8, 2013 Wisconsin 86, St. John's 75
Nov. 18, 2014 Wichita State 71, Memphis 56
Nov. 30, 2014 Florida Gulf Coast 71, South Dakota State 58
Dec. 13 2014 UNLV 75, South Dakota 61
Nov. 13, 2015 Iowa State 68, Colorado 62
Dec. 12, 2015 Oklahoma State 62, Minnesota 60
Dec. 27, 2015 South Dakota State 65, Middle Tennessee 61
Dec. 28, 2015 South Dakota 89, Florida Gulf Coast 81
Nov. 25, 2016 East Tennessee State 86, Milwaukee 62
Nov. 25, 2016 UC Irvine 63, South Dakota State 52
Nov. 26, 2016 Milwaukee 54, UC Irvine 37
Nov. 26, 2016 East Tennessee State 71, South Dakota State 59
Nov. 27, 2016 East Tennessee State 72, UC Irvine 66
Nov. 27, 2016 South Dakota State 81, Milwaukee 58
Dec. 3, 2016 Minnesota 56, Vanderbilt 52
Nov. 24, 2017 Northern Colorado 80, Youngstown State 67
Nov. 24, 2017 South Dakota 84, Southern Miss, 71
Nov. 25, 2017 Northern Colorado 63, South Dakota 62
Nov. 25, 2017 Southern Miss 71, Youngstown State 64
Nov. 26, 2017 Northern Colorado 77, Southern Miss, 63
Nov. 26, 2017 South Dakota 81, Youngstown State 53
Dec. 2, 2017 Missouri State 73, South Dakota State 53
Dec. 22, 2017 Iowa 80, Colorado 73
Dec. 16, 2018 Nebraska 79, Oklahoma State 56
Feb. 7, 2019 Omaha 107, South Dakota 102 (OT)
Nov. 5, 2019 Saint Mary's 65, Wisconsin 63 (OT)
Nov. 9, 2019 Oklahoma 71, Minnesota 62
Dec. 20, 2019 South Dakota vs. Northern Colorado

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