Sam Mitchell was asked how the Timberwolves on Monday can lose to New Orleans, a team in last place in their division, and then on Wednesday beat Toronto, which is leading its division? "It just happens, everybody understands that," the Wolves interim coach said. "Eighty-two games, young group, and to their credit I think we've had two games this year where we just didn't have energy and that New Orleans game overnight was one of those games. I thought [against Toronto] we played a very good team with two All-Stars in the backcourt and a very good center."

• Both Andrew Wiggins (20.8 points per game) and Karl-Anthony Towns (17.1) are scoring better than former Wolves star Kevin Love, who is at 15.7 per game for Cleveland. Towns also has 30 double-doubles on the season compared to Love's 23.

Rick Spielman and members of the Vikings staff attended all the Gophers' home games and were impressed enough that three Gophers — Eric Murray, Briean Boddy-Calhoun and De'Vondre Campbell — were NFL draft material and recommended they be invited to the NFL Combine. It is the first time the Gophers will have three players attend.

• Seldom do the Gophers get highly rated football players from the state of Iowa, but this year they landed Sioux Center tight end Ko Kieft, an all-state linebacker as a senior by the Des Moines Register.

• Mitch Leidner once attended the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana and got to know Peyton Manning and no doubt wasn't surprised to see him lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl victory. And former Gopher Adam Weber had a lot of good things to say about Manning after not only attending the camp but also being a Broncos teammate in 2012.