- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota will play Oklahoma State in a neutral-site nonconference game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this season.

The Gophers announced Friday they’ll face the Cowboys on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the 3,250-seat Sanford Pentagon arena. The venue opened two years ago and has hosted four NCAA Division I games to date, with two scheduled this season.

Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said the program’s goal was to take on a “marquee opponent” in December to prepare for Big Ten play. Oklahoma State finished 18-14 last season and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.

The Gophers and Cowboys last met in 1986. They’ve played five times, with three wins by Minnesota, all on its home court.

Iowa State and Colorado also have a nonconference game scheduled for the Sanford Pentagon on Nov. 19.

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