The Green Bay Phoenix now have a couple of tune up games ahead of their regular season opener on November 14th at Northern Illinois.
The school announced Tuesday that it will take on Minnesota on Sunday, November 5th in an exhibition game in Minneapolis to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The Gophers have played in Puerto Rico twice in the past four years while Green Bay went 4-0 on a preseason trip to the island this past summer.
“This is a great opportunity to raise money for the many hurricane relief victims that are affected today in Puerto Rico,” head coach Linc Darner said in a statement. “Our team really enjoyed the people and culture when we played there in August and we are happy we can assist towards these efforts. We appreciate Minnesota inviting us to play for such an important cause and are looking forward to the game.”
The game will be played at noon on November 5th at Maturi Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus instead of the team’s normal home, Williams Arena. There will be a live steam available to watch the game though details are not yet available.
Minnesota finished fourth in the Big Ten last season at 11-7 and went 24-10 overall, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as a #5 seed to Middle Tennessee State. They are projected to be a top five Big Ten team again this season and will likely make a return appearance to the NCAA Tournament thanks in part to two all-Big Ten preseason picks Amir Coffey and Nate Mason.
While this game will not count towards any records, Green Bay has faced the Gophers once previously in school history – a 75-71 Minnesota victory in Minneapolis back on November 24th, 1984.
The Phoenix get their season started on Monday with their first exhibition game of the season against Ripon, a local Division III school, at 7:00 PM at the Resch Center.