Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 87-50

About the Gophers: The Gophers are coming off the program's first NCAA tournament appearance since 2005.

A nationally ranked recruiting class -- well, half of one -- figures to help Minnesota immediately. But Royce White, Trevor Mbakwe and Devron Bostick are out indefinitely. Tubby Smith is coaching in his 600th career game. He has never lost a season opener with the Gophers.

About Tennessee Tech: There are a lot of connections between Tennessee Tech and the Gophers. Go...