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Minnesota sports, as seen elsewhere

Challenge yourself: How much Minnesota sports can you watch?

Minnesota sports fans trying to consume Friday night’s loaded sports menu might be overwhelmed by all the offerings.

The Timberwolves, Wild, Gophers men’s basketball, Gophers men’s and women’s hockey, and Gophers volleyball all are battling for your attention.

There is no need to question your loyalty to any of these teams, though. We have game-planned a way for you to stay engaged/watch all six teams Friday night.

Here’s how:

The Gophers men’s hockey team leads off the full schedule at 5:30 p.m., so the early start time will make your first your first sampling an obvious choice. The Gophers and Michigan State can be watched on the Big Ten Network or if you have not found your way to the couch or lounge chair, stream it on BTN2Go or the Fox Sports app.

The first period should be wrapped up when the No. 2- ranked Gophers women’s hockey team hits the ice against Boston University. The game won’t be televised, but can be streamed online by Campus Insiders at 6 p.m. The Gophers women’s hockey twitter account is another great way to stay updated.

After a period of Gophers women’s hockey or two of Big Ten hockey, the Timberwolves and Wild will begin fighting for your attention. The Wolves host Detroit and the Wild face off against Edmonton, both at 7 p.m.

Jump to Fox Sports North Plus for the first quarter of the Wolves-Pistons. The Wolves have been one of best-starting teams this season and led two of the league’s top teams San Antonio and Toronto after one quarter this week. The first half as a whole usually plays out well for the Wolves, but it’s a much different story after halftime when they continue to blow leads.

Pop back to BTN for the end of the Gophers men’s hockey game before upgrading to the Wild on Fox Sports North. By this time, the Wild should be in the second period. If you prefer hockey to basketball, start your 7 p.m. course with the Wild. They have scored four goals in the first period in three games this month.

Be sure to check in on Gophers volleyball in the NCAA tournament after your first dose of the Wolves or Wild. The Gophers and Missouri meet in the Sweet 16 at 7:15 p.m. streamed on ESPN3.                                                         

You might start getting full after two-and-a-half hours of sampling, but save room for Gophers men’s basketball’s 8 p.m. tipoff against Georgia Southern on BTN. The Gophers (8-1) are playing for their ninth win of the season, one more win than they had all last season.

Don’t bother rushing back to the Wolves. They have consistently been blown out in the third quarter this season. Check back around 9 p.m. in the fourth quarter to make sure you don’t miss the end of a close game.

Devote the 8:30 to 9:30 hour, maybe more, to the Wild. Their last five games have been won or lost by a goal and three were decided in overtime or a shootout.

The Gophers men’s basketball team will close out nearly five hours of sports viewing with the late start likely leading to a post-10 p.m. finish.

Sunday’s sports menu is just as full, but scheduled in a much more digestible way.

The Vikings kick off the day against Jacksonville at noon on Fox. The Gophers women’s basketball team visits South Carolina at 2 p.m. on the SEC Network. Gophers men’s basketball hosts Northern Illinois at 4 p.m., which is not on TV, but can be streamed on BTN Plus. The Wild face St. Louis at 5 p.m. on FSN Plus. The Wolves wrap up the busy sports weekend against Golden State at 6 p.m. on FSN.

For the sports fans that can multitask, grab a computer, tablet or smart phone and stream the games on as many screens you can find, take a pictures and email to us.

On the air Friday
College men's hockey: Gophers at Michigan State, 5:30 p.m., BTN, 1500-AM
College women's hockey: Gophers at Boston University, 6 p.m., Campus (stream)
NHL: Edmonton at Wild, 7 p.m., FSN, 100.3-FM
NBA: Detroit at Timberwolves, 7 p.m., FSN Plus, 830-AM
College women's volleyball: Missouri at Gophers, 7:15 p.m., ESPN3 (stream)
(If Gophers win they play Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPNU)
College men’s basketball: Georgia Southern at Gophers, 8 p.m., BTN, 107.1-FM

On the air Sunday
NFL: Vikings at Jacksonville, noon, Ch. 9, 100.3-FM
College women’s basketball: Gophers at South Carolina, 2 p.m., SECN, 88.5-FM
College basketball: Northern Illinois at Gophers, 8 p.m., BTN Plus (stream), 1500-AM
NHL: St. Louis at Wild, 5 p.m., FSN Plus, 100.3-FM
NBA: Golden state at Timberwolves, 6 p.m., FSN, 830-AM

Is Saturday the end of the line for NDSU's five-year title streak?

Rivals and conference co-champions North Dakota State and South Dakota State have the opportunity to prove who the better team is when they meet Saturday at the Fargodome in the FCS playoffs quarterfinals.

The five-time defending national champion Bison are the tournament No. 1 seed with an 11-1 record. Their only loss this season was Oct. 15 to South Dakota State.

The Jackrabbits scored a touchdown with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, rallying back from a 14-point deficit to pull off the stunner just three weeks after the Bison upset the Big Ten’s nationally ranked Iowa.

South Dakota State finished the season 9-3 and has won four straight entering Saturday’s 11 a.m. matchup on ESPN. North Dakota State has won six in a row since losing to the Jacks. The game is being labeled “The Rematch.”

There was a similar rematch last season, when Montana defeated North Dakota State 38-35 in the season-opener. The teams met again in the playoffs with the Bison winning 33-7.

The second round of the FCS playoffs produced three upsets, setting the tone this week for the Jacks to pull off another stunner. It won't be easy, though. The Bison only lost five games during the past five championship seasons.

The Jacks nearly upset the Bison the last time they met in the FCS Playoffs in 2014 after a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. However, former North Dakota State star quarterback Carson Wentz and the Bison responded with a 76-yard drive capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass with 54 seconds left to secure the 27-24 victory.

Minnesota will be well-represented in the rivalry. A combined 51 players from the state are on the two rosters.

Among South Dakota State’s standouts is receiver Jake Wienke, a Maple Grove product, who has 73 receptions, 1,241 yards and 16 touchdowns. North Dakota State’s defense is led by defensive end Greg Menard from Lakeville and safety Robbie Grimsley from Hutchinson. Menard has 52 total tackles and 9.5 sacks. Grimsley has 71 total tackles and four interceptions.

Saturday’s game will mark the 106th meeting between the rivals. The Bison lead the all-time series 59-41-5 and the Jacks are playing for their first 10-win season in program history. 

The highlights from South Dakota State's October shocker:

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan State

    5:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Boston U.

    6 pm

  • Edmonton at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Detroit at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 830-AM

  • Georgia Southern at Gophers men's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Boston U.

    2 pm

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan State

    7 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Vikings at Jacksonville

    12 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Gophers women's basketball at South Carolina

    2 pm on SECN, 88.5-FM

  • Northern Illinois at Gophers men's basketball

    4 pm on 1500-AM

  • St. Louis at Wild

    5 pm on FSN PLUS, 100.3-FM

  • Golden State at Timberwolves

    6 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Florida at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Chicago

    7 pm on ESPN, 830-AM

  • Belmont at Gophers women's basketball

    12 pm on 88.5-FM

  • LIU Brooklyn at Gophers men's basketball

    7 pm on 1500-AM

  • Wild at Nashville

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

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