The Latest – March 21, 2012 21 Mar 12

Gopher Men’s Hoops At Middle Tennessee
(Murfreesboro, TN) — The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team plays at Middle Tennessee tonight in the N-I-T quarterfinals. The Gophers advanced with a 78-60 win at Miami while the Blue Raiders rallied past Tennessee 71-64 in Knoxville. Memphis area natives Andre and Austin Hollins expect to have lots of friends and family in the stands in Murfreesboro. Middle Tennessee is on a 13-game home winning streak. The winner of tonight’s game moves on to the N-I-T Final Four next week at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Wolves At Spurs
(San Antonio, TX) — The Minnesota Timberwolves continue their seven-game road trip tonight in San Antonio. The Wolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 97-93 victory at Golden State on Monday. Minnesota has beaten the Spurs twice this season at home but San Antonio has won the last 14 meetings at AT&T Center. The Spurs have been off since Saturday’s loss at Dallas and should be well rested. Meanwhile, the Wolves limp into their sixth of seven games away from Target Center. Nikola Pekovic is battling a sprained ankle, Michael Beasley has sore toe and J-J Barea has an injured finger.

Boys’ State Basketball Tourney
(Minneapolis, MN) — The 2012 State Boys’ Basketball Tournament gets under way this morning with the Class Four-A and Three-A quarterfinals. Three-time defending Four-A champs Hopkins plays Woodbury at Target Center and Roccori and Washburn meet in the Three-A opening game at Williams Arena. Perham looks to defend its 2011 Class Two-A championship against Worthington in the quarterfinals tonight at Target Center. The Class-A quarterfinals begin Thursday morning at Williams Arena. This is the 100th year of the boys’ state tournament which began at Carleton College in Northfield in 1913.

Boston U Gears Up For NCAA Men’s Hockey West Regional
(Boston, MA) — Boston University is preparing for its N-C-A-A West Regional matchup with the Gophers at the Xcel Energy Center. B-U coach Jack Parker says they expect to have a few fans in green and white rooting for the Terriers Saturday in St. Paul. He expects Minnesota to be hungry after losing to North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five and he’s sure the Gophers will want to take it out on them. Parker says Minnesota’s Kent Patterson is a terrific goaltender and the backbone of the team. The Gophers and Terriers split a pair of regular season games at Boston U in 2005.

U-M-D’s Brown Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanors
(Duluth, MN) — Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey player J-T Brown has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that stemmed from an incident during last summer’s Grandma’s Marathon. The criminal complaint says then 20-year-old Brown gave police another man’s driver’s license when he entered a Duluth bar on June 18th and then tried to flee the scene on foot. Sentencing is scheduled for July 11th. Brown and the defending champion Bulldogs open the N-C-A-A Northeast Regional Saturday against Maine. Brown is the son of former Vikings running back Ted Brown.

Vikings Host Free-Agent W-R Ted Ginn Jr.
(Eden Prairie, MN) — Free-agent 49ers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. visited Winter Park on Tuesday. The Vikings are looking to build their receiving corps around Percy Harvin and 26-year-old Ginn might be a good fit. The five-year veteran out of Ohio State is a solid kick-off and punt returner. He averaged 27-and-a-half yards on 29 kick returns in San Francisco last season and 12-point-three yards on 38 punt returns. Ginn has elite speed at the wide receiver position but only had 31 catches over the past two seasons. The Vikings signed fullback Jerome Felton yesterday as a potential lead blocker for Adrian Peterson.


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