The 2008-09 season will officially be underway when the University of Minnesota men’s basketball team takes to the Williams Arena floor on Friday, Oct. 17 for the 2008 version of “Tubby’s Tipoff”. And the Big Ten Network will be there.

Big Ten Network’s Ron Johnson will be live at “The Barn” while Big Ten Tonight Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jim Jackson will anchor coverage from network studios in Chicago with 2½ hours of live coverage during Big Ten Tonight: Basketball Season Tip-off Special at 8 p.m. Central on Friday.

In addition to Big Ten Tonight’s studio coverage, the show will provide an extended 30 minute live look-in from Minneapolis, starting at approximately 9:30 p.m. Central.

The doors to Williams Arena will open at 8:30 p.m., followed by introductions of the players and coaches, a three-point shooting contest, slam dunk contest and scrimmage.

Do you really have something more exciting going on? I’ll be there, and will have a full report on Saturday.