Whalen Hires First Assistant, Big Ten Opponents Revealed 19 Apr 18

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday the slate of conference opponents that Minnesota men’s and women’s basketball will face next season.

The Gopher men’s basketball conference schedule will feature 20 games, including 10 at home and 10 on the road. Seven opponents will be faced twice in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

Three schools will travel to the Barn for their only meeting with Minnesota in Indiana, Iowa and Penn State. The Gophers, meanwhile, will visit Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State in the only matchups of the season.

Minnesota women’s basketball will see its Big Ten schedule expand to 18 games this winter. Included in that are home-and-away matchups with Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin. The Gophers’ only meetings against Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State will come in Minneapolis, while they will travel to face Indiana, Maryland, Michigan and Nebraska for one game each.

Full information, including dates, times and broadcast information, for both sports will be announced at a later date.

2018-19 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Opponents (20 games)

Home: Indiana, Iowa, Penn State

Away: Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State

Home & Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

2018-19 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Opponents (18 games)

Home: Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State

Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska

Home & Away: Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Lindsay Whalen has hired her first assistant: former Gophers teammate, and current Macalester head coach, Kelly Roysland.

The move could be made official as soon as today, multiple sources told the Star Tribune. Final steps of the hiring process are taking place this morning. Whalen reportedly is closing in on a second assistant coach as well.

Whalen was announced as the Gophers women’s basketball head coach last week, less than two decades after leading the team to the Final Four. Whalen will also continue to play for the Minnesota Lynx.

Roysland played one season with Whalen with the Gophers — the team’s 2003-04 Final Four season — and wound up making three trips to the NCAA tournament in her career. Roysland was the Gophers’ Most Valuable Player as a senior and still ranks 15th on the team’s all-time scoring list (1,074 points).

After graduating from the university, Roysland worked as an assistant at North Dakota State and then was an assistant coach with the Gophers under Pam Borton. Roysland also served as the Gophers interim coach after Borton was fired.