The Latest – January 12, 2012 12 Jan 12

Gophers At Hoosiers
(Bloomington, IN) — The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team takes on eighth-ranked Indiana this evening at Assembly Hall. The Golden Gophers are still searching for their first Big Ten victory and it won’t come easy against the Hoosiers, who are undefeated at home this season. Junior Jordan Hulls had 28 points in Indiana’s win at Penn State Sunday and tops the nation in three-point shooting at 58.2-percent. Freshman forward Cody Zeller leads the Hoosiers with 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Minnesota freshman Joe Coleman of Hopkins started Sunday versus Purdue and could crack Tubby Smith’s starting lineup again tonight.

Gopher Women Host #20 Boilermakers
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers women’s basketball team welcomes number-20 Purdue to Williams Arena tonight. The Boilermakers rallied past Minnesota 57-53 in the Big Ten opener December 30th at Mackey Arena. The Gophers improved to 2-and-1 in conference play with a 68-60 win at Northwestern last Thursday. Guard Rachel Banham scored a career-high 26 points against the Wildcats which helped her earn Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors. Purdue is 3-and-0 and leads the conference in scoring defense, blocked shots and steals. Fans are asked to wear purple to the Barn tonight in support of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit and to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

Wild At Chicago
(Chicago, IL) — The Minnesota Wild open a four-game road trip tonight against the Blackhawks in Chicago. The Wild ended a three-game losing skid with a 5-4 shootout win over San Jose Tuesday night at home. Head coach Mike Yeo says he hopes that victory will help them re-gain their swagger. Forward Devin Setoguchi will be back on the the first line with Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley after being scratched from Tuesday’s game for missing a team meeting. Niklas Backstrom is expected to start in goal for Minnesota. The Blackhawks snapped a three-game slide Tuesday by beating the Blue Jackets 5-2 at the United Center. Game two of the Wild’s road trip is Saturday at St. Louis.

Redskins Hire Ex-Buccaneers Coach Morris
(Washington, DC) — Former Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris will not be the defensive coordinator or an assistant coach with the Vikings next season. Morris tells the “Tampa Bay Times” that he has been hired as the defensive backs coach by the Washington Redskins. He visited the Vikings headquarters in Minnesota last week and reportedly interviewed for a defensive coaching position. Morris was the Bucs’ defensive backs coach for four seasons and defensive coordinator in 2008 before replacing ex-head coach Jon Gruden in 2009. He was fired by Tampa January 2nd after a 17-and-31 record over three seasons.

Free Rides To T’wolves Home Games
(Minneapolis, MN) — Metro Transit is offering free rides on its buses and light-rail trains to all the Timberwolves home games this season. Fans can simply show their game-day tickets to bus drivers or officers on trains to ride for free. The promotion begins two hours before game time and ends two hours after the final buzzer. Many fans from greater Minnesota chose to park outside of downtown Minneapolis and take the Hiawatha light-rail or a bus to Target Center. The offer does not apply to the North Star rail line.

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