Although Rashad McCants is the
Wolves’ second leading scorer at 13.8 points per game, his
minutes are down from earlier in the season and so is his scoring
average. Lately he’s reportedly had some problems with his right
knee but still observers wonder about his inconsistent numbers and
decision making. The third year shooting guard had a season and
career high of 33 points earlier this season against Sacramento and a
low of five on 1-15 shooting at Denver. He ranks 35th in the NBA
in field goals per 48 minutes but sixth in the league in turnovers per
48 minutes. While he provides the
Wolves much needed outside shooting, he is averaging 5.6 fouls a
game per 48 minutes.
Harvey Mackay, the local New York Times best selling author, is working on a new
book that will be published within five to six months. Mackay was a
civic leader in the building of the Metrodome.
Rivals.com has the Gophers football
recruiting class ranked No. 22 in the country. Ohio State, eighth,
Michigan, 12th, and Illinois, 16th, are the only
Big Ten Conference schools currently ranked ahead of Minnesota.
By mid-January viewers of the Gopher Web
www.gophersports.com, can experience a “virtual” tour of the new TCF
Bank Stadium, according to Phil Esten, associate athletics
director. Esten said all the concrete giving the stadium exterior its
structure will be in place by late next summer. The stadium opens in
The Gophers (6-1) play South Dakota State (3-5) tonight (Wednesday),
starting at 8 p.m. in Williams Arena. The Gophers are 10-0 in the
series. SDSU is
led by sophomore forward Kai Williams, who is averaging 15.3
points and 7.8 rebounds in 33 minutes per game. After tonight the
Gophers have only one other non-conference game at home, December 22
against Santa Clara, before the Big Ten Conference season begins.
chairman of the Mr. Basketball Committee, said prep football superstar
Michael Floyd of Cretin-Derham Hall is “one of the top”
basketball players in the state. The Mr./Miss Basketball awards banquet
will be held on Sunday, April 27 at the Marriott Minneapolis West Hotel
in St. Louis Park.
United States Tennis Association Northern
Section president Jay Pfaender and executive director Mike
Goldammer attended the recent Davis Cup matches in Portland,
Oregon. USTA Northern would like to help promote Davis Cup matches
Gophers’ freshman forward Mike Hoeffel
has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the
Week after scoring two goals last Saturday in Minnesota’s 4-3 win over
North Dakota. He came into the game with one goal in his first 17
Macalester senior forward Tom Conboy and St. Thomas freshman
guard Tyler Nicolai have been selected by the MIAC as co-athletes
of the week for men’s basketball. Macalester sophomore center Ann
Baltzer has been selected for women’s basketball while the men’s and
women’s hockey choices were Bethel sophomore goaltender
Aaron Damjanovich and St. Catherine sophomore forward
Five-game ticket packages are on sale for the 2008 Red Baron™ WCHA
Final Five, March 20-22 at Xcel Energy Center. Prices range from $60 to $145 and can be purchased at the
Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone
at (651) 989-5151 or online at
To charge by phone using Ticketmaster TDD/TTY, call: 800-359-2525.
Single-game tickets for the tournament will go on sale Monday, March
10. Group tickets (12+) are available by calling 651-312-3486.