Timberwolves at Hornets
(New Orleans, LA) — The 3-and-7 Timberwolves return to action tonight against the 3-and-7 Hornets in New Orleans. Minnesota will try to get back in the win column after losing back-to-back games to the Raptors and Bulls earlier this week. Forward Michael Beasley is still out with a sprained foot and guard J.J. Barea is nursing an ankle injury. Wolves head coach Rick Adelman has hinted he might tweak the starting lineups this weekend. Hornets guard Eric Gordon is expected to miss another couple weeks of action with a bruised knee. New Orleans has lost four straight at home. The Wolves play the Hawks at Atlanta tomorrow night.
NBA All-Star Voting
(Undated) — The first NBA All-Star balloting returns show Wolves rookie Ricky Rubio third among Western Conference guards and Kevin Love fifth among forwards. Guards Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and Chris Paul of the Clippers are the top two vote-getters in the backcourt. Rubio is averaging 10.2 points and 7.9 assists through his first 10 games in the league. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant leads forwards in the West, followed by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks and the Lakers’ Paul Gasol. Love has an NBA-high 10 double-doubles and averages 23.5 points and 14.7 rebounds per night. The 2012 NBA All-Star Game is February 26th in Orlando, Florida.
#5 Minnesota at North Dakota
(Grand Forks, ND) — The college hockey rivalry between Minnesota and North Dakota heats up this weekend at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Golden Gophers play at Grand Forks tonight and tomorrow after sweeping UND at Mariucci Arena in early November. U-of-M defenseman Nate Schmidt says they hope to snap their two-game losing streak against a good team like North Dakota. UND center Corban Knight is questionable for this weekend’s series with a lower-body injury. The number-five Gophers and top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth are currently tied for first place in the WCHA.
#1 UMD at Nebraska-Omaha
(Omaha, NE) — The number-one UMD Bulldogs open the second half of the WCHA season tonight at Nebraska-Omaha. Minnesota Duluth is coming off a non-conference sweep at Western Michigan and has the nation’s longest unbeaten streak at 16 games. The UNO Mavericks have been idle since a win and tie at Quinnipiac in late December. Tonight’s game will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
MSU-Mankato Hosts Wisconsin
(Mankato, MN) — Minnesota State Mankato welcomes Wisconsin to the Verizon Wirless Center this weekend as WCHA play resumes Friday and Saturday. The Mavericks split a non-conference series at St.Lawrence last weekend while the Badgers swept a two-game set with RIT in Madison. MSU-Mankato has lost its past four matchups with Wisconsin.
Bemidji State at Denver
(Denver, CO) — Bemidji State traveled to the Rocky Mountains for a two-game conference series with Denver University. The Beavers are on a five-game unbeaten streak following a sweep of Bowling Green over New Year’s weekend. The Pioneers split two games with Alabama-Huntsville last weekend and have won three of their last four. Wild prospect Jason Zucker is second in scoring for DU with 11 goals and 13 assists in 18 games. He missed a number of games while captaining the U.S. National Team at the World Junior Championships.
St.Cloud State at CC
(Colorado Springs, CO) — St.Cloud State is at Colorado College to open the second half of the WCHA regular season. The Huskies are coming off a series split with Western Michigan the last weekend in December. The Tigers split a series with Cornell last week but have won three straight conference matchups. CC trails first-place Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth by four points.
WCHA Women’s Schedule
(Undated) — Here is tonight’s schedule of women’s games in the WCHA (all 7:07 pm):
#1 Minnesota at Minnesota-Duluth
Ohio State at Bemidji State
St.Cloud State at MSU-Mankato
“Hockey Day Minnesota” Outdoor Games Moved Indoors
(Minnetonka, MN) — Three high school games scheduled to be played on Lake Minnetonka during “Hockey Day Minnesota” on January 21st are being moved indoors. The White Bear Lake vs. Grand Rapids, Minnetonka vs. Duluth-East, and Minnetonka girls vs. Hopkins matchups will be played at the Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka. The outdoor ice on the lake will not be ready for varsity games by next Saturday due to the unusually warm temperatures. Organizers say the North American Pond Hockey Championships and the Jack Jablonski Junior Bronze Pond Tournament will go on as scheduled on the lake in Excelsior.
Minnesota College Basketball Matchups
(Undated) — Here is today’s schedule of men’s (8pm) and women’s (6pm) basketball games in the Northern Sun:
Mary at Southwest Minnesota State
Winona State at UM-Crookston
Upper Iowa at MSU-Moorhead
Northern State at MSU-Mankato
St.Cloud State at Bemidji State
Concordia-St.Paul at Minnesota Duluth
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