I'm glad we're not calling it a "secret scrimmage" anymore.

Per Marcus:

Practice officially opens for the Gophers men’s basketball team on Tuesday. The first true test against an opponent, though, is a Oct. 19 scrimmage at Iowa State, sources told the Star Tribune on Friday.

Richard Pitino and his coaching staff will have less than a month of practice before heading to Ames with a 2019-20 squad that features seven newcomers, the most for the program since 2004-05.

Division I college basketball teams are allowed two exhibition games before each season, per NCAA rules. Many programs play one exhibition against a lower division opponent at home and schedule what’s known as a “secret scrimmage” vs. a similar-level opponent.

Recaps and stats are released after secret scrimmages, but the schools can’t announce the scrimmage or allow fans or media to attend. The Gophers lone exhibition game open to the public will be 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 vs. Southwest Minnesota State at Williams Arena.


Go Gophers!!