Gopher Basketball & Hockey News 17 Jan 13

The Golden Gophers take on Michigan tonight at Williams Arena. Minnesota suffered an 88-81 setback at Indiana on Saturday to drop to 3-and-1 in Big Ten play. The Gophers are 15-and-2 overall. The Wolverines come in having lost their first game of the year Sunday at Ohio State. Michigan is 16-and-1 overall and 3-and-1 in conference. This game will be the marquee game of the night in college basketball. The game is a complete sellout with a 6 p.m. tipoff.

The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team arrive in West Lafayette, Indiana late yesterday afternoon in preparation for its game tonight against Purdue. The Golden Gophers are 13-and-4 overall and 2-and-1 in the league. Tipoff is 6 pm.

The top-ranked Golden Gopher men’s hockey team entertains number six North Dakota for a WCHA series this weekend. Both teams are near the top of the league standings. The matchup of long-time rivals this weekend will be even more heightened because it will be the final regular season conference games these two storied programs will ever play. The Gophers are leaving the WCHA for the Big Ten after this season, while UND is leaving the WCHA for the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey League. Officials from both schools have suggested they’d like to schedule occasional non-conference regular season games in the future. Games are set for Friday and Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.

Three women’s college hockey players from Minnesota schools earned weekly honors from the WCHA. Minnesota junior forward Amanda Kessell and Minnesota-Duluth junior forward Jamie Kenyon share Offensive Player of the Week honors. Bemidji State senior defender Erika Wheelhouse of Crookston is the Defensive Player of the Week. Wisconsin defender Courtney Burke is the Rookie of the Week.