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Minnesota Gophers Thanksgiving Weekend Preview and How to Watch

It’s one of the best weekends of the year. Tons of leftovers just sitting in the fridge waiting to be eaten while you sit on the couch and exercise non-stop for three days. There’s also some Minnesota Gophers action to check out this weekend too. So read on for a quick preview of all the action and how to watch it without leaving your couch – expect to head back to the fridge.

Friday, November 25:

You can make your choice between USA/England at the World Cup or one of several Black Friday football matches early the day before the Minnesota action begins.

Volleyball @ #5 Ohio State 5 p.m. BTN+

The Gophers volleyball team ends the regular season with two tough assignments on the streets this weekend. Friday night heads to the #5 US state, which still has a slim chance of capturing the Big Ten title — but only if it beats Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Gophers are in either 4th or 5th place in the conference and may need another upset win this weekend to potentially secure a spot in the top 16 NCAA tournament and a chance to to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament Pav and bid Hugh McCutcheon one last farewell to his coaching career. The game will be streamed on BTN+ because apparently people would rather watch Iowa and Nebraska play football than this…

Women’s hockey vs. Penn State 6:00 p.m

The Gopher women’s hockey team returns after picking up two points from a possible six in Wisconsin last weekend. Minnesota finished 3rd in the nation behind Ohio State and Wisconsin and may face two non-conference opponents at this weekend’s Henderson College Hockey Showcase Tournament in Henderson, Nevada. Minnesota takes on #12 Penn State in Henderson in the first round. Penn State defeated the Badgers in the season opener before losing their next two games to joint opponents in Wisconsin and Minnesota-Duluth. Unfortunately there is no TV or live stream of the games this weekend so the live audio stream from Gophersports.com is all we can get.

Men’s Hockey @ Arizona State 8 p.m. Pac-12 Insiders

The Gopher men are having a huge hit in Michigan in a series that saw both teams deal with disease issues. The Gophers got the sweep by missing starting goalie Justen Close and center Aaron Hugelin, but made a great effort from freshman goalie Owen Bartoszkiewicz, who picked up the first two wins of his collegiate career. It will be the Gophers’ first-ever trip to the state of Arizona and their first tie to see the Sub Devil’s new Mullett Arena in Tempe. Minnesota enters the weekend ranked No. 2 in the country and atop the Big Ten. Arizona State is 7-6 on the season and was swept at Clarkson last weekend. This weekend’s games will be streamed for free on the Pac-12 Insider channel. You can stream it for free HERE. There are also free apps on Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and the Pluto TV app where you can stream the channel for free.

Saturday, November 26th

Women’s Basketball @ Virginia 1pm ACC Extra

The Gopher women face their first Power 5 opponent of the season when they travel to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Cavs Classic. In the opening round, the Gophers will take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia is 6-0 this season and is led by two forwards in Camryn Taylor averaging 13.5 points per game and Notre Dame transfer Sam Brunelle averaging 11.7 points per game. Minnesota has to try to defend them in the post and it won’t be easy. They’re going to need another big game from freshman Mallory Heyer, who is the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week after averaging 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds last week while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor (Dec from 21). The game starts at 1 p.m. and can be streamed locally via the ESPN app.

Football @ Wisconsin 2:30 PM ESPN

The main event of the weekend is of course the fight for Paul Bunyan’s axe. The Gophers and Badgers will face each other with a trophy on the line and then have the potential of a decent bowl game and avoid Detroit for Christmas. The game will also be answered as a trivia question because with the start of the new TV deal next season, it will be the last regular-season Big Ten football game to be televised on ESPN for the foreseeable future. Hopefully Minnesota can find a way to take out the Badgers and bring the ax home for the second straight season.

Women’s Hockey vs. Boston University/ Yale 3/6 PM

The Gophers face one of Boston University or #5 Yale in Saturday’s Henderson College Hockey Showcase. The third-place game will be played at 3:00 p.m., while the championship game will be played at 6:00 p.m. Once again there will be no stream, just the live audio stream from gophersports.com.

Men’s Hockey @ Arizona State 8 p.m. Pac-12 Insiders

The second game of the series between the Gophers and the Sun Devils is Saturday night as Minnesota hopes to play for the second straight year. The game will be streamed on the same Pac-12 Insider channel as Friday.

Volleyball @ #6 Nebraska 8 p.m. Big Ten Network

The Gophers end the Big Ten season Saturday night in what is arguably the toughest place in the nation. Nebraska will be cheered for their senior night and a chance for a tie for the Big Ten title if they can beat Wisconsin on Friday night. As previously mentioned, Minnesota may need to find a way to steal a game in Columbus or Lincoln to guarantee the home win for the NCAA tournament. The game will be broadcast live on BTN.

Sunday, November 27th

Wrestling @ South Dakota State 1:00 p.m

The Gopher wrestling team will have their second duel of the season when they head to Brookings to face SDSU. Minnesota are 1-0 in the pav after beating Binghamton last weekend. The match will be streamed live on FLOWrestling for a fee.

Women’s Basketball vs. Liberty 4:00 p.m

The Gopher women wrap up Sunday’s Cav Classic with a game against Liberty. The Gophers and Flames will take off from Virginia and East Carolina at 4:00 p.m., or a half hour after completion. The game will be streamed again via the ESPN app.

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