After a scorching start to the Big Ten women's basketball season, the Gophers cooled off with losses in four of five games. They've rebounded to win three in a row, however — most recently Sunday at Penn State — to put themselves in prime position to reach the NCAA tournament.

They're now 9-5 in the Big Ten, with four huge games left. Two of those are against second-place Iowa, including a home game Tuesday night. Minnesota would do itself a huge favor and nearly sew up a bid with a victory over the Hawkeyes.

room to maneuver The Vikings have about $18 million in available salary cap space in 2015, according to overthecap.com. The Jaguars have nearly $62 million.

bold words Zach LaVine says he could beat LeBron James in a dunk contest. With any luck, LeBron will take the bait next year.