Minnesota Sports Briefs: Duke pounds Minnesota in tournamentMinnesota Sports
-- The University of Minnesota men's basketball team dropped its first game of the season, losing to fifth-ranked Duke 89-71.
(Paradise Island, The Bahamas) -- The University of Minnesota men's basketball team dropped its first game of the season, losing to fifth-ranked Duke 89-71.
Seth Curry poured in 25 points to lead the Blue Devils past Minnesota in round-one of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Rodney Williams had 16 points for the Gophers, who play Memphis today. It was the Gophers' first loss of the season. They're now 4-1.
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Thursday. But it took a trip to Mexico for the Gophers to drop a 58-46 decision to Richmond. Rachel Banham and Micaella Riche led Minnesota with 12 points apiece but the Golden Gophers, 4-1 overall, only shot 31-percent from the field in losing to the Spiders. They play James Madison this afternoon in the next round of the Cancun Challenge.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the West Coast as they begin a four-game road trip tonight against the Blazers. The Wolves have dropped three games in a row and are 5-5 heading into Portland. Kevin Love made his debut against the Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring 34 points with 14 rebounds in the 101-94 loss. Guard J.J. Barea was also back in uniform after suffering a foot injury, scoring 12-points against the Nuggets.
In the face of a tightening race in the NFC North, the Vikings are finishing preparations for the Bears in Chicago this Sunday. The Vikings are coming off a bye week with a 6-4 record. They're a game behind both the Bears and Packers. The cellar-dwelling Lions lost again on Thursday, 34-31 to the Texans in overtime. In other Thankgiving Day action, Washington held on to beat Dallas 38-31 and the Patriots blasted the Jets 49-19.
The University of Minnesota football team will finish out the regular season on Saturday afternoon when they host Michigan State. Minnesota is 6-5 overall and 2-5 in Big Ten play. The Gophers lost last week to Nebraska 38-14 but have already qualified for a bowl game in the post-season. A win over the Spartans would help elevate the caliber of any bowl they're invited to play in.