“They’re tough down there,” Greenway said. “Tony plays great in that building. They have an explosive offense and we have a lot of weapons to stop and slow down. We have to get off the field though, and let the offense work.”
• Under University of Minnesota rules, according to Gophers associate athletic director David Benedict, the athletic department must reserve 10,000 student football tickets for every game. That means selling out TCF Bank Stadium is difficult with the lack of student interest in Gophers football, so an effort is being made to cut down the number of tickets reserved for students.
• Great move by the Gophers athletic department in scheduling a two-game hockey series with North Dakota during the 2016-2017 season. This rivalry goes back to when John Mariucci was coaching the Gophers and Clifford “Fido” Purpur was at North Dakota, and playing each other was the highlight of the season for the two schools.
• Nobody is more injury plagued than former Vikings receiver Sidney Rice, now with the Seattle Seahawks. After playing in seven games and catching 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns, Rice was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a torn ACL last Sunday against the Rams.
• The Indiana Hoosiers defense is struggling with the same thing as the Vikings — not being able to get off the field on third down. Indiana is last in the Big Ten in scoring defense [37.1 points per game] and total defense [498.1 yards per game]. “Look at the number of the last couple of games on third downs that we got that we [haven’t gotten opponents] off the field,” Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson said at his news conference this week. “Michigan State made — what was it? — eight, nine, 10 in a row? … You gotta make a play.” … The Hoosiers offense, though, is as good as the defense is bad. They are tied for second in the Big Ten in scoring offense (42.4 ppg) and are second in total offense (514 ypg). Maybe that’s why Las Vegas has the over/under for this game sitting at right around 66 points.
• Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio on Kevin Love’s game-tying three-pointer that sent the Wolves and Magic into overtime and eventually resulted in a 120-115 victory Wednesday: “We believed we can win, and we had a chance and we didn’t want to lose that chance. Kevin executed the play perfect.” … Love’s 31 points and 17 rebounds were his 19th career game with 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds. Since Love joined the league in 2008, only Dwight Howard has more with 23.
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