The Latest – February 8, 2012 08 Feb 12

Timberwolves-Grizzlies
(Memphis, TN) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting for their first four-game winning streak in two seasons when they hit the hardwood tonight at Memphis. The 13-and-12 Wolves haven’t won four straight since they did so in January-February of 2010. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are looking to snap out of a three-game losing streak. The 12-and-13 Memphis team has lost seven of its last nine games overall. Memphis is coached by former NBA player Lionel Hollins, the father of current Golden Gopher basketball player Austin Hollins. Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. Memphis won the previous meeting between the two teams last month in Minneapolis.

Wolves Are Improved
(Minneapolis, MN) — Last night’s Timberwolves win pushed their season record to 13-and-12. That marks the latest into a season the team has had a winning record since January of 2007. The 13 wins through 25 games is also a marked improvement over the previous four seasons. Last year the team had six wins after 25 games. And they had only four wins through 25 games in each of the three years prior to that. Last evening’s win also gave Minnesota its second three-game winning streak of the season. The last time Minnesota had strung together a trio of wins on two separate occasions in the same season was 2008-09.

Gophers On The Court Tomorrow
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball team returns home after a two-game road trip. The 17-and-7 Gophers lost at Iowa and won at Nebraska last week. Now, they hit the elevated Williams Arena floor tomorrow evening in a Big Ten showdown with border rival Wisconsin. The No. 22 Badgers are 18-and-6. Tomorrow’s tipoff is 6 p.m. The Minnesota women’s team is at Iowa tomorrow for a 7 p.m. Big Ten game.

Koivu Returning Tomorrow?
(St. Paul, MN) — Standout Wild center Mikko Koivu could be back on the ice for tomorrow’s home game against Vancouver. Koivu has been out of the lineup since he injured his shoulder at St. Louis on January 14th. Head coach Mike Yeo [[ Yoh ]] says he’s keeping his fingers crossed that Koivu will be on the ice for tomorrow’s game. Minnesota has scored only one goal in each of its last three games and Koivu could add some offensive help. Tomorrow’s game begins at 7 p.m.

“U” Swimmers Honored
(Chicago, IL) — Three University of Minnesota Swimmers and Divers have been honored by the Big Ten Conference. Golden Gophers senior diver Kristoffer Jorgensen of Bergen, Norway is the league’s men’s Diver of the Week. Minnesota sophomore diver Maggie Keefer of Stillwater is the women’s Diver of the Week. Her teammate Melissa Nelson of Maple Grove is the women’s Swimmer of the Week, while Gophers swimmer Tori Simenec of Salem, Oregon is the women’s Freshman of the Week.

World’s Largest Ice Fishing Contest Is On
(Brainerd, MN) — What’s called the biggest charitable ice fishing contest in the world is set to go this Saturday in north-central Minnesota. The Brainerd Jaycees’ Ice Fishing Extravaganza was postponed in January due to thin ice. Event spokeswoman Angie Nelson says ice conditions have since approved. In the tournament area they are reporting between 17 and 20 inches. The ice fishing starts at noon on Saturday and ends at 3pm. Total prizes are worth $150-thousand.

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