COLLEGE PARK, Md.—- Sophomore guard Dupree McBrayer had 18 points, junior guard Nate Mason added 17 and redshirt senior guard Akeem Springs had 16 as red-hot Minnesota upset No. 24 Maryland 89-75 on Wednesday in Big 10 Conference play. It was the sixth win in a row for the Gophers (21-7, 9-6), who won for the first time in four games at Maryland. Forward Nate Murphy added 15 points for the Gophers.
ST PAUL, Minn.—All three forwards on the Blackhawks' top line scored on Tuesday as Chicago sent a message that the Central Division race might not be over yet. By beating the Wild 5-3, Chicago pulled within five points of Minnesota, which still sits atop the division. Center Jonathan Toews recorded a hat trick, right winger Richard Panik scored in the second period, and left winger Nick Schmaltz got in on the fun in the third as the Blackhawks (37-18-5) improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight.
MADISON — Senior forward Nigel Hayes and sophomore forward Ethan Happ made the most of their time in the paint for No. 11 Wisconsin against Maryland. Hayes posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Badgers rallied to a 71-60 win over No. 23 Maryland on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Happ delivered 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists to halt a two-game losing skid for the Badgers.
ST. PAUL — Jason Zucker had two goals and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 shots for the Minnesota Wild in a 5-2 NHL win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. Zucker's linemates, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund, each had a goal and assist, while Eric Staal added an empty-net goal as Minnesota (39-13-6) surpassed its win total from last season and drew within one point of the Washington Capitals for the highest point total in the NHL.
ST. PAUL — Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves, and Erik Haula had a goal and assist as the Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Dallas Stars 3-1 in an NHL game Thursday. Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon also scored, and Mikko Koivu had two assists for Minnesota, which has won five of its past six games and again recovered quickly from a loss. The Wild (38-13-6) are 14-3-2 following a loss this season, including eight straight wins. They've lost back-to-back games in regulation just once this season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sophomore forward Moritz Wagner scored 21 points and senior guard Zak Irvin had 18 points to lead Michigan to a 64-58 upset win at home over No. 11 Wisconsin on Thursday. The Wolverines (17-9 overall, 7-6 Big Ten) greatly enhanced their NCAA tournament resume, adding another win over a top-30 ranked team in the RPI rankings to go along with an earlier win this season over Southern Methodist. Michigan trailed by eight points, 38-30, early in the second half, but took charge from there.
ST. PAUL — Anaheim goaltender John Gibson took his team on his shoulders Tuesday night, and sent the Ducks home on a positive note, with a 1-0 NHL win over the Minnesota Wild. Gibson stopped all 37 shots he faced as Minnesota peppered the Ducks net in all three periods, but was shut out at home for just the second time this season. Joseph Cramarossa had the lone goal for the Ducks (30-18-10), while Gibson recorded his fourth shutout of the season.
MINNEAPOLIS — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points while James also added 14 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away for a 116-108 NBA victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cavaliers withstood a big night by Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins, who scored 41 points to lead the way for Minnesota. It matched Wiggins' second-highest point total of the season. Wiggins had help from Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Gorgui Dieng added 12 points, but no other Wolves player reached double figures in scoring.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jordan Murphy recorded his second straight double-double, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds in Minnesota's 72-63 Big Ten Conference win over Rutgers on Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Murphy fouled out with 2:28 left and the Gophers leading 68-61. He scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in a 101-89 double-overtime win against Iowa on Wednesday,
MINNEAPOLIS — With just nine players available for Friday night's game against Minnesota, the New Orleans Pelicans were going to need someone to step up. Anthony Davis was the obvious choice, but the big man had some help. Davis scored 42 points — his sixth 40-point game of the season — as the Pelicans pulled away from the Timberwolves for a 122-106 NBA victory at Target Center. As good as Davis was, his supporting cast gave him a lift. Jrue Holiday had 25 points and 12 assists, and rookie Buddy Hield scored 17 points.