2013 Maui Invitational, Syracuse vs. Minnesota: TV Listings, History, Odds & More

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

We've got a game today and some potential opponents to scout so we're gonna do this down and dirty as we get ready for the 2013 Maui Invitational. First, let's find out some stuff about the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Teams: Syracuse Orange (4-0) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-0)

Rankings: Syracuse (8/7), Minnesota (UNR)

Day & Time: Monday, November 25, 5:30 p.m. EST

Arena: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, HI

Line-3, Syracuse

TV: ESPN2

Announcers: Jon Sciambi, Jimmy Dykes

Radio: Syracuse IMG Network

Minnesota NewsThe Daily GopherFrom The Barn

Rivalry: 1-0, Minnesota

Streak: 1, Minnesota

First Meeting: In the only meeting between the two schools, 2-seed Syracuse suffered a disappointing loss in the 1990 Sweet Sixteen to the 6-seed Gophers, 82-75. It was a bitter end to a year that saw SU start out No. 1 in the nation. In a foreboding stat, SU was 8-of-20 from the free-throw line that day.

School Connections: Head coach Richard Pitino is the son of Rick Pitino, who was once a Syracuse assistant under Jim Boeheim. But you already knew that.

Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (38th Year, 924-314); Minn: Richard Pitino (1st Year: 5-0)

Last Year: Coming off an good NIT run the previous season, the Gophers were expected to take the next step and get back to the NCAAs. They did just that, finishing 21-13 (8-10) and making it to the Round of 32 before losing to Florida. Despite this improvement, six-year head coach Tubby Smith was fired, making Minnesota this year's "be careful what you wish for" squad.

Last Game: The Gophs beat Wofford, 79-57, in their tune-up for the Maui. Their opening game for the tourney was actually a couple days before that against Coastal Carolina, which they won 82-72.

Head Coach: Pitino The Lesser worked his way up the ladder, only briefly working with Dad at Louisville for two seasons as an assistant and another season as associate head coach. In between was a stint at Florida and following it was a year as FIU's head coach. When Tubby got canned, he got the call from Minny. Now he's got some very big shoes to fill from his papa, not to mention surpassing the solid Minnesota resume that Smith built (but wasn't good enough, apparently).

"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": Andre Hollins (18.8 PPG), who "is a dynamic off-guard that can score in a couple ways. And if he gets hot then he can really do a lot of damage."

Fun Fact: Depending on how this game shakes out, the Orange might end up playing at nine in the morning tomorrow.

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