MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wolves blow out Nuggets
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Denver Nuggets last night in Minneapolis 117-90. The Wolves were led by their All Star forward Kevin Love who scored 32 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 8 assists. Corey Brewer contributed to the win scoring 22 and point guard Ricky Rubio played well on both ends of the floor for Minnesota recording 7 steals to go along with his 11 points and 12 assists. The win improves the Wolves record to 25-28 at the All Star break, putting them 6 games out of a play-off spot. Minnesota returns to action next Wednesday when they play host to the Indiana Pacers at Target Center.
Kevin Love is on his way to New Orleans and the NBA's All Star game. Love will be making his 3rd All Star apperance but he will make his first All Star game start on Sunday in the NBA's showcase game. Love will also try to recapture his 3 Point Challenge championship. Love won the contest back in 2012 but had to miss last years contest due to injury. The three point challenge's defending champion is the Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving. The 3 point challenge is scheduled for Saturday night at 7pm(CT), and tip off for the All Star game on Sunday is set for at 7pm(CT).
The University of Minnesota womens basketball team won their third straight game last night when they defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 63-50 in Madison. Minnesota was led by their point guard Rachel Banham who played all 40 minutes and scored 19 points, recorded 4 assists and 4 rebounds, teammate Amanda Zuihi added 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The win moves the Gophers to 5-6 in conference play and 16-9 overall. Minnesota will head back out on the road Saturday and try and make it four wins in a row when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats in Evansville, IL.
The University of Minnesota mens basketball team will try to return their Big Ten record back to .500 when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers tonight in Madison. The Gophers enter the game with a 5-6 Big Ten record and 16-8 overall, but are just 1-4 on the road in Big Ten play. Wiscosin enters the game one game ahead of Minnesota in the conference standings at 6-5 and 19-5 overall and the Badgers are very tough at Kohl Center where they are 11-3 on the season. The Gophers won the first meeting between these two teams back on January 22nd in Minneapolis 81-68. Tip off tonight from the Kohl Center in Madison is scheduled for 8pm(CT).
If you are looking for Minnesotans to follow at the Olympic games today you can watch the US hockey team begin pool play when they take on Slovacia this morning 6:30am(ct) and you can also watch the US mens and womens Curling teams in action today. The mens curlers face Great Britian in the morning session while the women take on Japan in the afternoon session. Afton resident Leif Nordgren competes in 20K biathlon today at 8 a.m.
Six-point-six million dollars in upgrades to TCF Bank Stadium are coming thanks to the use of the facility over the next several seasons by the Minnesota Vikings. The Board of Regents this week heard the plans from the NFL team, which include heating the field. The Vikings will share the stadium with the Minnesota Golden Gophers while their new facility is being built. Temporary bleachers for over 17-hundred fans will be added, and parts of the stadium will be winterized to allow for play into January.