MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gopher hoops open Big Ten Tournament today against Penn State
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers takes the floor tonight against Penn State looking to solidify a spot in the NCAA tournament. To get there, most likely they'll have to do some damage in the Big 10 tournament which starts tonight for Minnesota. The Gophers beat the Nittany Lions on Sunday and will try and continue to build on that win. Minnesota has never won the Big Ten Tourney. The Gophers are 19-and-12 overall and 8-and-10 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions are the 10th-seed after finishing 15-and-16 and 6-and-12 in conference play. Thursday's game begins at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Golden Gopher women's team has to nervously wait for nearly a week before it finds out if it made the NCAA Tournament. The Gopher women completed the regular season and the Big Ten Tournament last week. The 64-team women's NCAA field will be announced on Monday.
Here is the schedule of games for the 2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis:
First Round (Thursday): Minnesota vs. Penn State, 5:30pmFirst Round (Thursday): Iowa vs. Northwestern, 8pmFirst Round (Thursday): Indiana vs Illinois, 11amFirst Round (Thursday): Ohio State vs. Purdue, 1:30pm
Quarterfinals (Friday): Minnesota/Penn State winner vs. Wisconsin, 5:30pmQuarterfinals (Friday): Iowa/Northwestern winner vs. Michigan State, 8pmQuarterfinals (Friday): Indiana/Illinois winner vs. Michigan, 11amQuarterfinals (Friday): Ohio State/Purdue winner vs. Nebraska, 1:30pm
Semifinal #1 (Saturday): Quarterfinal #1 winner vs. Quarterfinal #2 winner, 12:40pmSemifinal #2 (Saturday): Quarterfinal #3 winner vs. Quarterfinal #4 winner, 3pm
Championship (Sunday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, 2:30pm
The 2014 Minnesota Boy's State Basketball Tournament got under way yesterday at two locations in Minneapolis. DeLaSalle is the lone school back to defend its state title from 2013 in Class 3-A. There will be new champions this season in Class A, Class 2-A, and Class 4-A. Here are the results and upcoming schedule:Class 4-A (Wednesday): Hopkins 70, Tartan 58 (Target Center)Class 4-A (Wednesday): Osseo 51, Shakopee 54, (Target Center)Class 4-A (Wednesday): Lakeville North 59, Buffalo 47 (Target Center)Class 4-A (Wednesday): Cretin-Derham Hall 69, St. Francis 53 (Target Center)
Class 4-A (Thursday): Hopkins vs Shakopee, 6pm (Target Center)Class 4-A (Thursday): Lakeville North vs Cretin-Derham Hall, 8pm (Target Center)
Class 3-A (Wednesday): DeLaSalle 81, St. Paul Central 48 (Williams Arena)Class 3-A (Wednesday): Orono 77, Marshall 72 (Williams Arena)Class 3-A (Wednesday): Austin 61, Alexandria 50 (Williams Arena)Class 3-A (Wednesday): Holy Family Catholic 63, Cloquet 41 (Williams Arena)
Class 3-A (Thursday): DeLaSalle vs Orono, 12pm (Target Center)Class 3-A (Thursday): Austin vs Holy Family, 2pm (Target Center)
Class 2-A (Wednesday): Annandale 76, New London-Spicer 70 (Target Center)Class 2-A (Wednesday): Caledonia 73, St. Paul Academy and Summit School 53 (Target Center)Class 2-A (Wednesday): Esko 57, East Grand Forks 54 - OT (Williams Arena)Class 2-A (Wednesday): Fairmont 58, St. Peter 54 (Williams Arena)
Class 2-A (Friday): Annandale vs Caledonia, 6pm (Target Center)Class 2-A (Friday): Esko vs Fairmont, 8pm (Target Center)
Class A (Thursday): Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa vs. Park Christian, 11am (Williams Arena)Class A (Thursday): Canby vs Fond du Lac Ojibwe, 1pm (Williams Arena)Class A (Thursday): Maranatha Christian vs. Red Lake, 3pm (Williams Arena)Class A (Thursday): Rushford-Peterson vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 5pm (Williams Arena)
Tonight the Wild look to break up a three game slide when they host the New York Rangers. It will be the third in a four game home stand. While the Wild lost each of the first two games, both of those losses came in the shootout which means they gained a point in defeat. But the loss on Tuesday was especially disturbing as they hosted the last place Edmonton Oilers and squandered a three goal lead. Mike Yeo said yesterday that Darcy Kuemper would be back in goal for Minnesota and the rest of the line combos will stay the same as the team searches for chemistry. The Wild and Rangers start tonight at 7 p.m. from Xcel Energy Center.
The Timberwolves are off again tonight as they prepare to travel to Charlotte tomorrow. Game time is set for 6 p.m. central time. The Wolves will be looking to build upon their 112-101 win on Tuesday night over Milwaukee. Kevin Love racked up 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in that win at Target Center. Kevin Martin dropped in 26 points and J.J. Barea scored 19 off the bench for the T'wolves, who have won five of their last seven. Ricky Rubio contributed 11 points and 10 assists in the victory.
The Vikings are bringing back a familiar face in Jasper Brinkley. They have signed the 28-year-old linebacker, who was drafted by the Vikes in 2008 and played for Minnesota through 2012. Brinkley returns after spending the past year with the Arizona Cardinals. He has 174 tackles in 63 career games. The Vikings also re-signed offensive lineman Joe Berger.
The New York Jets offense is getting a boost. The team announced late Wednesday night they agreed to terms wide receiver Eric Decker. ESPN is reporting the contract is for five years and worth just north of 36-million-dollars, with 15-million guaranteed. Decker spent the first four years of his career with the Broncos after playing his college career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He hauled in 87 catches for 1,288 yards with 11 touchdowns in 16 games last season. Denver drafted the Minnesota product in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Chris Colabello clubbed a two-run homer but the Twins lost 8-4 to the Pirates yesterday in Fort Myers. Aaron Hicks added a solo shot for Minnesota, which slipped to 5-6-and-1 in spring play. Starter Kevin Correia gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings of work. The Twins host the Red Sox today.