After letting Wisconsin shoot 55.2 percent (32-for-58) in an earlier meeting won by the Badgers 76-49 in Evanston, Ill., the Wildcats held the Badgers to a 26.3 percent shooting and 14 points in the paint Wednesday. Former Benilde-St. Margaret’s star Sanjay Lumpkin had two points and 12 rebounds for Northwestern in the game.
So the Gophers (15-6, 4-4 Big Ten) could be in for a tough battle against the Wildcats on Saturday.
• If, as reported, Kill has been given a big raise and an extension in his contract, the Gophers football coach hasn’t been told about it. But it’s pretty sure that in the near future, Kill will get an adjustment in his contract. … Kill will be at Southern Illinois in Carbondale on Friday, when he will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. Kill had a 55-32 record in seven years coaching the Salukis from 2001-07, going 50-18 in his final five years.
• Despite declining attendance for the Twins, events at Target Field generated more than $14.8 million in taxes for the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County and the city of Minneapolis in 2013. Since its opening in 2010, Target Field has contributed in excess of $66 million in tax revenue, including more than $17 million in Minneapolis downtown food/entertainment tax.
• The Twins and University of Minnesota are finalizing plans for an exhibition baseball game to reopen renovated Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., on March 4, 2015.
• The Gophers wrestling team, after beating then-No. 2 Iowa 19-15 in Iowa City last week, plays host to Indiana on Sunday. Then on Feb. 9, No. 1-rated Penn State and the No. 2 Gophers wrestle at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers have eight of 10 All-America wrestlers returning this year.
• Mike Valesano, who played linebacker for St. Thomas, is now an intern on the Gophers football coaching staff.
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