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Kobe to Gophers' Banham: 'Congrats on the 60'

Some fun anecdotes emerged from the University of Minnesota campus Tuesday. Rachel Banham, two days removed from an NCAA-record-tying 60-point game against Northwestern, was taping an interview with play-by-play man Mike Grimm when he asked if she felt a bit like Kobe Bryant.

That was fitting, because about that time Bryant took to social media to congratulate Banham.

Our Rachel Blount picks it up from there:

Someone from the Gophers who monitors social media was with her at the interview, spotted the tweet at that moment and said to Banham: Look at this. Banham said she "freaked out,'' could barely finish the interview and then went "running around all over Bierman showing everybody.'' She also forwarded the tweet to "everybody in my phone book.''

Banham then thanked the NBA great, who was kind enough to send a reply back.

"I was literally shaking. I thought I was going to start crying, I was so happy," Banham said. "I didn’t even know what to say. I was freaking out. I couldn’t even tweet back right away, because I didn’t want to say anything dumb and be embarrassing. So I left myself calm down. I was really happy.''

Added coach Marlene Stollings: "She came running in the office. We were in a staff meeting, figuring out how to beat Nebraska, and I get this knock on the door that was pretty anxious, and it was Rachel. We said 'Come in,' and she was like, 'Coach! Coach! I just got a tweet from Kobe, and it changed my life! This is the best day of my life!' So it was a special moment. I was so glad she stopped by and shared it with us. It was really classy of him to do.''
 

NHL Stadium Series takes over TCF Bank Stadium for outdoor hockey

The NHL Stadium Series staff took over TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday to begin the process of transforming the football field into a hockey rink.

The process will take about a week and bring outdoor hockey to the University of Minnesota campus for the second time in three years, this time featuring the Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wild hosts the Blackhawks in the NHL Stadium Series game on Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. An alumni game featuring former stars from these two franchises will be played Feb. 20 at 4 p.m.

The men responsible for building a safe and beautiful playing surface for these events met with the media on Tuesday at TCF Bank Stadium. Watch what they had to say and catch of glimpse of the first steps in the transformation. 

 

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Local Schedule

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  • Toronto at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Michigan at Gophers men's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Nebraska at Gophers women's basketball

    7 pm on 1500-AM

  • Washington at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers men's hockey at Ohio State

    5:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Minnesota Duluth

    7:07 pm

  • Boston at Wild

    1 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Minnesota Duluth

    4:07 pm

  • Gophers men's hockey at Ohio State

    6 pm on 1500-AM

  • Gophers men's basketball at Iowa

    6:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Iowa at Gophers women's basketball

    7 pm on BTN, 88.5-FM

  • Wild at Vancouver

    9 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

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