Traditional power Minnesota has released its 2017-18 schedule, and like most years it will be one of the toughest in the nation. The Gophers' upcoming slate is particularly tough on the road, as Minnesota will travel to four of the top five finishers from the 2017 NCAA Championships.
|Nov. 5||Daktronics Open||Brookings, SD|
|Nov. 12||Air Force||Minneapolis, MN|
|Nov. 17||South Dakota State||Brookings, SD|
|Nov. 19||Oklahoma State||Stillwater, OK|
|Dec. 1-2||Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite||Las Vegas, NV|
|Dec. 10||Fresno State||Minneapolis, MN|
|Dec. 29-30||South Beach Duals||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|Jan. 7||Michigan State||Minneapolis, MN|
|Jan. 12||Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio|
|Jan. 14||Illinois||Minneapolis, MN|
|Jan. 21||Michigan||Minneapolis, MN|
|Jan. 26||Penn State||State College, PA|
|Jan. 28||Northwestern||Minneapolis, MN|
|Feb. 2||Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa|
|Feb. 9||Rutgers||Piscataway, NJ|
|Feb.11||Maryland||College Park, MD|
|Feb. 16||Rider||Lawrenceville, NJ|
|March 3-4||Big Ten Championships||East Lansing, MI|
|March 15-17||NCAA Tournament||Cleveland, Ohio|
|||Home matches bolded|||
While the Gophers do have a tough road schedule, they will also get Illinois, Michigan, and what should be a much-improved Northwestern squad at home.
Minnesota returns two All-Americans, NCAA finalist Ethan Lizak and eighth-place finisher Tommy Thorn, and seven other NCAA qualifiers to a team that finished seventh last year at the NCAA Tournament. Altogether, the Gophers return the seventh-most points from the NCAA Tournament.