Gophers, Utah agree to home-and-home college basketball clash

Richard Pitino’s Gophers will have plenty of tests before the holiday break.

Coach Richard Pitino talked last month about his Gophers’ nonconference basketball schedule this fall being one of the toughest in the Big Ten — and now he’s adding to it.

The Gophers and Utah will soon agree to a home-and-home series, a source told the Star Tribune on Monday.

Already looking at a slate that includes Texas A&M and either Washington or Santa Clara at the Vancouver Showcase in November, Boston College on the road (for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge) and Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium in December, Minnesota will now add the Utes, who have been above .500 in the Pac-12 each of the past four seasons.

A date for the Gophers-Utes game has not yet been set. The Gophers will travel to Utah in the 2019-20 season to complete the series.

Saints win

Dante Bichette Jr. had three hits, including a home run, and the Saints used a four-run ninth to beat the host Wichita Wingnuts 8-3. Eddie Medina, who pitched for Wichita last year, got the victory.

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