Rand: Gophers basketball conquers Evanston

  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 12:08 AM

Here are five thoughts from the rare winter weekend without a regular-season game in the NBA or NHL:

hide

Pam Borton’s team has won four games in a row to even its Big Ten record at 6-6 with four games to go.

Photo: File photo by ELIZABETH FLORES • eflores@startribune.com,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview largerrr

The Gophers men’s basketball team’s weekend trip to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern could end up having a huge bearing on its NCAA tournament prospects. But that wasn’t the only huge game in the Chicago suburb this weekend.

The Gophers women’s squad beat Northwestern 82-64 on Saturday. It was Pam Borton’s 300th career win and Minnesota’s fourth consecutive victory. Three of those wins have come on the road, and the team’s league record is now even at 6-6.

The Gophers were considered one of the “first four teams out” of the NCAA field by ESPN.com before the week started, but now a bid is theirs for the taking. Realtimerpi.com projects they will win three of their final four regular-season games, which would almost certainly be good enough for their first tourney berth since 2009.

• • •

Mark Teixeira, who was limited to 15 games last season with a wrist injury, said over the weekend, “We’re back to being the Yankees again.”

He meant it in the context that the team has its swagger and health back after winning just 85 games and missing the postseason, but you could also read it as New York is back to trying to buy championships.

After promising financial restraint, the Yankees went out and signed Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran to deals worth a combined $438 million.

• • •

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he felt the Russian men’s hockey team was “a class higher” than the U.S. team after the Americans defeated the Russians in a shootout on Saturday. I wonder if he still felt the same way on Sunday, when Russia struggled to a shootout victory over the same Slovakia team the U.S. defeated 7-1 a few days ago.

• • •

Speaking of Team USA, Deadspin.com found a fun interview with shootout hero T.J. Oshie from an appearance in the announcing booth during a North Dakota game in 2010. He was already in the NHL with the Blues by then, but it was the Olympic break and he was back visiting his old college. Obviously he’s not doing the same this year.

• • •

Even as we’ve grown accustomed to hearing about post-career problems for several athletes, particularly NFL players, the Friday news of ex-Viking Darren Sharper being charged in Los Angeles with drugging and raping two women was completely jarring. He also has pending rape investigations in three other states. Shocking and terrible, all around.

MICHAEL RAND

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles 4 Bottom 6th Inning
Pittsburgh 4
San Francisco 3 Top 6th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Texas 0 Bottom 7th Inning
NY Yankees 0
Boston 0 Top 7th Inning
Toronto 4
Miami 6 Bottom 6th Inning
Atlanta 2
San Diego 0 Top 4th Inning
Chicago Cubs 2
Cincinnati 1 Bottom 4th Inning
Milwaukee 2
Cleveland 3 Bottom 3rd Inning
Minnesota 0
Kansas City 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
Chicago WSox 0
Tampa Bay 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
St. Louis 1
Washington 0 Top 2nd Inning
Colorado 0
Detroit - R. Porcello 8:40 PM
Arizona - C. Anderson
Houston - B. Oberholtzer 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Kazmir
Baltimore - M. Gonzalez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
NY Mets - J. deGrom 9:10 PM
Seattle - E. Ramirez
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Tulsa 34 3rd Qtr
San Antonio 37
Atlanta 48 3rd Qtr
Minnesota 52
Indiana 20 3rd Qtr
Chicago 29
Phoenix 9:00 PM
Seattle
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which upcoming event are you most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close