Minnesota Gophers Thanksgiving weekend preview and how to watch it

It is one of the best weekends of the year. Tons of leftovers just sitting in the fridge waiting to be eaten while you’re sitting on the couch and watching non-stop sports for three days straight. There’s plenty of Minnesota Gophers action this weekend for you to see, too, so read on for a quick preview of all the action and how to watch it without leaving your couch – expect to be back in the fridge.

Friday November 25:

You can pick your pick of the USA/England World Cup or any of several Black Friday soccer games early in the day before the Minnesota action kicks off.

Volleyball @ #5 Ohio State 5PM BTN+

The Gophers volleyball team ends the regular season this weekend on the road with two tough assignments. On Friday night they head to #5 Ohio State, which still has a long shot of tying for the Big Ten title, but only if they beat Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Gophers are clinched in fourth or fifth place in the conference and may need one more upset win this weekend to potentially clinch a top-16 NCAA Tournament seed and the ability to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Pav and give Hugh McCutcheon one last home send-off of his coaching career. The game will be broadcast on BTN+ because apparently people would rather watch Iowa and Nebraska play football than this…

Women’s Hockey vs. Penn State 6 pm

The Gopher women’s hockey team is back in action after picking up two of a possible six points in Wisconsin this past weekend. Minnesota dropped to the #3 team in the nation behind Ohio State and Wisconsin and will potentially play a pair of ranked non-conference opponents this weekend in the Henderson College Hockey Exhibition Tournament in Henderson, Nevada. Minnesota meets in the first round against #12 Penn State in Henderson. Penn State eliminated the Badgers in the season opener before losing their next two games to common opponents in Wisconsin and Minnesota-Duluth. Unfortunately, there’s no TV or live streaming of the games this weekend, so Gophersports.com’s live audio feed is all we can get.

Arizona State Men’s Hockey 8 pm Pac-12 Insider

Gopher’s men are off for a big sweep at Michigan in a series that saw both teams deal with illness issues. The Gophers pulled off the sweep without starting goaltender Justen Close and center Aaron Hugelin, but got a great performance from rookie goaltender Owen Bartoszkiewicz and earned the first two wins of his college career. It will be the Gophers’ first 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 in Clarkson last weekend. This weekend’s games will stream for free on the Pac-12 Insider channel. You can stream it for free HERE. There are also free apps on Roku, Samsung Smart TV, and the Pluto TV app where you can stream the channel for free.

Saturday November 26

Women’s Basketball at Virginia 1 pm ACC Extra

The Gopher women face their first Power 5 opponent of the season as they head to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Cavs Classic. In the first round, the Gophers are scheduled to take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia is 6-0 on the season and is led by a pair of forwards in Camryn Taylor, who is averaging 13.5 points per game, and Notre Dame transfer Sam Brunelle, who is averaging 11.7. points per game. Minnesota will need to try to defend them in the post and it won’t be easy. They’ll 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 on 66.7 percent shooting from the floor (14-of-21). The game will kick off at 1 p.m. and will be available to stream on the ESPN app locally.

Football @ Wisconsin 2:30 pm ESPN

The main event of the weekend is, of course, the battle for Paul Bunyan’s axe. The Gophers and Badgers will face each other with a trophy on the line, and then the potential for a decent bowl game and avoiding Detroit for Christmas. The game will also be an answer to a trivia question, as it will be the last regular season Big Ten football game to air on ESPN for the foreseeable future with the start of the new television deal next season. Hopefully, Minnesota can find a way to defeat the Badgers and bring Ax home for the second straight season.

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

The Gophers will face either Boston University or Yale No. 5 at the Henderson College Hockey Showcase on Saturday. The third-place game will square off at 3 p.m., while the championship game will square off at 6 p.m. Once again, there will be no broadcast, just the live audio feed from gophersports.com.

Arizona State Men’s Hockey 8 pm Pac-12 Insider

Game 2 of the series between the Gophers and the Sun Devils takes place on Saturday night as Minnesota hopefully looks for its second straight sweep. The game will air on the same internal Pac-12 channel as Friday.

Volleyball @ #6 Nebraska 8 PM Big Ten Network

The Gophers complete the Big Ten season in arguably the toughest place to play in the nation on Saturday night. Nebraska will be excited for their senior night and the chance at a Big Ten title tie if they can defeat Wisconsin on Friday night. As stated before, Minnesota may need to find a way to steal a game in Columbus or Lincoln to guarantee that NCAA Tournament spot. The game will be broadcast live on BTN.

sunday november 27

South Dakota State Fight 1 p.m.

The Gopher wrestling team will face their second matchup of the season when they head to Brookings to take on SDSU. Minnesota is 1-0 after a win over Binghamton last weekend at the Pav. The match will be broadcast live on FLOWrestling for a fee.

Women’s Basketball vs Liberty 4 PM

The Gopher women close out the Cav Classic with a game against Liberty on Sunday. The Gophers and Flames will give the signal at 4 pm, or half an hour after the completion of Virginia and East Carolina. The game will again stream on the ESPN app.

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