1. Minnesota Gopher men
2. St. Thomas men
3. Hopkins girls
4. St. Thomas women
5. Mankato State women
6. St. Thomas women
7. Melrose boys
8. Moorhead State men
9. Minnesota Gopher women
10. Apple Valley boys
11. Fergus Falls girls
12. Mankato State men
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Braham girls
15. Tartan boys
Player of the Month
1. Rachel Banham, Minnesota Gopher women, sophomore guard
2. Rebekah Dahlman, Braham girls, senior guard
3. Nicola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves, center
4. Andre Hollins, Minnesota Gopher men, sophomore guard
5. MC McGrory, Edina girls, senior guard
6. Ali Wilkinson, Mankato State women, junior, forward
7. Tommy Hannon, St. Thomas men, senior, post
8. Chelsea Mason, Mountain Iron-Buhl girls, 8th grade guard
9. Zack Monaghan, Mankato State men, sophomore guard
10. Dustin Fronk, Apple Valley boys, senior guard
11 (tie). Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota Gopher men
13. Shayne Mullaney, Minnesota Gopher women, freshman guard
14. Nia Coffey, Hopkins girls, senior forward-guard
15. John Nance, St. Thomas men, senior guard16. Katie Schultz, Wayzata girls, senior forward
17 (tie). Kevin Love, forward; Ricky Rubio, guard, Minnesota Timberwolves
19. Khare Kirkland, Tartan boys, senior forward
20. Alex Weldon, Bethany Lutheran men, Senior guard-forward
21 (tie). Jake Hottenstine, UMD men, senior guard; Hannah Rutten, Junior, center-forward, UMD women
23. Micaela Riche, Minnesota Gopher women, junior post
24. Joe Rosga, Cretin-Derham Hall boys, sophomore guard
25. Bailey Strand, Fergus Falls girls, junior guard
Coach of the Month
1. Tubby Smith, Minnesota Gopher men
2. Rick Adelman, Minnesota Timberwolves
3. John Tauer, St. Thomas men
4. Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls
5. Ruth Sinn, St. Thomas women
6. Chad Walthall, Moorhead State men
7. Zach Goring, Apple Valley boys
8 (tie). Matt Marganthaler, Mankato State men, and Emilee Thiesse, Mankato State women
10. Bill Gottenborg, Hawley girls
11. Ryan Dusha, Melrose boys
12. Brad Strand, Fergus Falls girls
13. Matt Nilsen, Edina girls
14. Mike Schumacher, Wayzata girls
15. Jeff Buffetta, Mountain Iron-Buhl girls
Game of the Month
1. Minnesota Gopher men 76 Michigan State 63 in Big 10 opener
2. Minnesota Timberwolves 114 Dallas 106 OT in Ricky Rubio's return
3. Minnesota Gopher women 88 Creighton 81 2OT as Rachel Banham scores 39
4. #1AAA Fergus Falls girls 70 #1A Mountain Iron-Buhl 63
5. Braham girls 75 Park Center 65 as Rebekah Dahlman scores 41 include her 4,000th
5. Apple Valley boys 73 Hopkins 64 despite a Tyus Jones injury
6. St. Thomas men 68 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 63
7. Tartan boys 88 Hopkins 85
8. Minnesota Timberwolves 99 Oklahoma City 93
9. Hawley girls 36 Ada-Borup 29
10. Minnesota Gopher men 88 South Dakota State 64
Game of the Day
Mon,, 12-31--Minnesota Gopher men 76 Michigan State 63. This time it was the men, storming back from a 59-55 deficit with a 23-4 finish. Andre Hollins scored 22 with 6 assists, while Rodney Williams added 15 and 6 boards and Trevor Mbakwe 11 points and 12 boards.
Sun., 12-30--Minnesota Gopher women 88 Creighton 81. The Gopher women overcame a 19-point deficit (52-33) with 10 minutes left to play. Rachel Banham led a furious 35-16 Minnesota rally to send the game into OT, then scored 15 points in the 2 OT for a total of 39. Wow.
Sat., 12-29--Melrose boys 94 St. Cloud Cathedral 66. #6AA over #4AA on #4's home court. Impressive.
Fri., 12-28--Fergus Falls girls 70 Mountain Iron-Buhl 63. #1AAA beat #1A in the Fergus Christmas tournament. MIB 8th grade guards Chelsea Mason and Mya Buffetta outscored Fergus 11th grade guards Bailey Strand and Brianna Rasmussen, however, 36-33.
Thurs., 12-27--Edina girls 52 Maple Grove 39. MC McGrory scored 36 of Edina's 52 points.
Wed., 12-26--Houston Rockets 87 Minnesota Timberwolves 84. Going backwards. Timbies cannot hold a 4th quarter lead...again. And this time at home. Like the Knicks, Houston has a "go to" guy in James Harden who scores 13 in the 4th including the final 4 points of the game. Minnesota, meanwhile, has a guy who's mad because somebody said he wasn't a "go to" guy. But it doesn't appear to have a "go to" guy.
Sun., 12-23--New York Knicks 94 Minnesota Timberwolves 91. The Knicks and Carmelo Anthony rallied from an 85-80 deficit at 4:23 as the Wolves missed 8 straight FGA. Anthony scored the Knicks' last 12 points. Nikola Pekovic led the Wolves with 21 points and 18 boards.
Sat., 12-22--Mankato East girls 69 Marshall 61. Taylor Karge scored 17 points with 7 boards to lead the Scarlets' to their upset of #5 Marshall.
Fri., 12-21--St. Thomas men 68 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 63. Tommy Hannon scored 16 points with 12 boards, and the Tommies made 6-of-6 FT in the final 30 seconds.
Thurs., 12-20--Minnesota Timberwolves 99 Oklahoma City Thunder 93. The Wolves broke a 12-game Thunder winning streak. Kevin Love and Nicola Pekovic combined for 52 points and 21 boards, but Love was forced out of the game in the late going with an eye injury.
Wed., 12-19--Mankato State women 85 Dakota State 42. The resurgent Mavs were led by Ali Wilkinson with 27 points.
Tues., 12-18--Apple Valley boys 73 Hopkins 64. The Eagles pulled away from Hopkins in the 2nd half despite the loss of Tyus Jones to a back injury in the early going. Dustin Fronk scored 27 points for Apple Valley.
Mon., 12-17--Hawley girls 36 Ada-Borup 29. #5AA rated Hawley edged #9A Ada.
Sat., 12-15--Minnesota Timberwolves 114 Dallas Mavericks 106 (OT). Ricky Rubio made his 2012 debut in fine fashion, contributing 8 points, 9 assists, 4 boards and 3 steals.
Fri., 12-14--Moorhead State and UMD split a men's/women's double-header at Moorhead. The Moorhead men prevailed 79-76, while the UMD women won 65-50. Jake Hottenstine scored 38 for the Bulldog men in a losing effort, while Hannah Rutten scored 24 with 18 boards for the UMD women.
Thurs., 12-13--Marshall girls 80 Worthington 47. The Tigers left no doubt that they're the favorite in the Southwest Conference again, hammering previously undefeated Worthington. Marshall used a 41-7 run to pull away from an early 17-all tie. Hannah Bennett scored 22 to lead the Tigers.
Wed., 12-12--Wayzata girls 57 Robbinsdale Cooper 54, as Katie Schultz scored 24 points for the Trojans.
Tues., 12-11--Hopkins girls 69 Lakeville North 62. The Royals pulled away from a 40-40 half-time tie. Nia Coffey scored 15 points for Hopkins while adding a team-high 15 boards, 6 assists, 5 blocks and 2 steals.
Mon., 12-10--St. Thomas men 94 Bethany Lutheran 91. The unbeaten Tommies got a big scare from 2-5 Bethany, needing almost all of their 8-for-8 FT inside of 1 minute to hold on. Alex Weldon of Bethany led all scorers with 24 points.
Sun., 12-9--Minnesota Gopher women 82 Robert Morris 60. Shayne Mullaney scores 18 to lead the Gophers for the 1st of many times to come.
Sat., 12-8--Tartan boys 88 Hopkins 85 in the best game of the Boys' Breakdown Tip-Off. Jamal Davis of Hopkins and Kharie Kirkland of Tartan each scored 24 points.
Fri., 12-7--Mankato State swept Winona State in a men's/women's double-header at Mankato. Mankato State men 78 Winona State 70. Mankato State women 76 Winona State 68. Jarvis Williams and Zach Monaghan scored 17 points each for the Mankato men.
Thurs., 12-6--Prior Lake boys 77 Cretin-Derham Hall 75. Joe Rosga of Cretin scored 39 points in the losing effort.
Wed., 12-5--Minnesota Gopher women 74 Denver 51. Rachel Banham scored 21 points, with 7 boards, a career-high 7 assists and 4 steals.
Tues., 12-4--Minnesota Gopher men 88 South Dakota State 64. Gopher fans missed out on the pleasure of watching St. Cloud Tech grad Nate Wolters play, as he was out with an injury. Andre Hollins scored 20 points in the 1st half, as the Gophers rolled to a 48-24 lead, and finished with 22.
Mon., 12-3--St. Thomas sweeps Concordia (Moorhead) in a men's/women's doubleheader: St. Thomas women 65 Concordia 53. St. Thomas men 93 Concordia 64. John Nance had 15 points and 5 steals for the men.
Sat., 12-1--Braham girls 75 Park Center 68. Best of 13 games at the Girls' Breakdown Tip-Off. Rebekah Dahlman scored 41 points, including the 4,000th of her illustrious career.