Gopher MBB Makes Trip to Italy

Gopher MBB Makes Trip to Italy Click to Enlarge

(Learfield) The Golden Gopher men's basketball team leaves for Europe this afternoon on a trip where it will play three exhibition games with Italian club teams over the next nine days.

Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino says the experience will be valuable because he has so many new faces on the roster and this will serve as a chance to get an early start on implementing his system. Pitino says fans will eventually see a slightly different style of offense because he believes this will be a better shooting team than he has had in the past few years.

The Gophers will visit Rome, Florence, Lucca, Bologna, Como, and Milan, among other stops. They will play games Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday before returning to Minnesota a week from Sunday.

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