Happy New Year! Wow, December got away from us! But we haven't given up! For those of you who are new visitors to this site, the purpose of our Game of the Day selections (including Player of the Day, Coach of the Day, etc.) is to generate candidates for our Player, Team and Coach of the Month, and Player, Team and Coach of the Year selections later on.
Week of Jan. 8-14
Wed., Jan. 8--Minnesota Gopher women @ Iowa
The Gophers are already in desperate shape in the Big Ten at 0-1 with a 25-point home loss to an apparent also-ran.
Thurs., Jan. 9--Kenyon-Wanamingo girls @ New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
If NRHEG is going to lose to anybody, it is probably #3-rated Kenyon. Not that NRHEG is going to lose, just, you know, "if they were."
Fri., Jan. 10--Mankato State women @ Northern State
Both are 6-2 in the conference, only Wayne State is better at 7-1.
Sat., Jan. 11--Minnesota Gopher men @ Michigan State
A very tough assignment here.
Sun., Jan. 12--Northwestern women @ Minnesota Gophers
Say hello to Hopkins' Nia Coffey, now a NU freshman and Big 10 freshman of the week more than once.
Mon., Jan. 13--St. Thomas men @ Bethel, and Bethel women @ St. Thomas
St. Thomas is, as almost always, a prohibitive have to win both the men's and women's conference titles. Bethel is the only MIAC school that is contending in both genders.
Tues., Jan. 14--East Ridge boys @ Cretin-Derham Hall
East Ridge is #10, Cretin has Sam Neumann.
Week of Jan. 1-7
Wed., Jan. 1--Minnesota Timberwolves 124 New Orleans Pelicans 112
Player of the Day: Nikola Pekovic, Timberwolves, 22 pts, 7 rebounds Coach of the Day: Rick Adelman, Timberwolves
Thurs., Jan. 2--St. Mary's men 67 Macalester 51
Player of the Day: Evan Peterson, St. Mary's, guard 29 pts Coach of the Day: Jamison Rusthoven, St. Mary's, in his first year as coach. The Cards are just 2-8 but have an MIAC win under their belt.
Fri., Jan. 3--Winona State men 87 Bemidji State 86 (OT)
Winona led by as many as 13 in the 1st half, but Bemidji came back within 1 and trailed by 4 at intermission. Winona again pulled away to a 9 point lead in the 2nd half, but Bemidji caught up at 7:26 and led by as many as 4. Taylor Cameron tied it up at 0:06 with a FT for Winona. Bemidji again led by as many as 4 in OT, but Cameron scored on a layup at 0:15 for Winona's first and only lead of OT. Bemidji missed a jumper at the buzzer.
Player of the Day: Kellen Taylor, Winona State, scored 16 points with 16 boards. Coach of the Day: Mike Boschee, Bemidji State. No offense to Winona coach Mike Leaf, or to Bemidji State. But I am always amazed that Bemidji can compete with teams like Mankato and Winona. I mean, the frozen north and all of that.
Sat., Jan. 4--Apple Valley boys 72 Blue Valley Northwest (KA) 59
The Eagles used a 19-0 2nd half run to defeat national power Blue Valley at the Timberwolves Shootout.
Player of the Day: Sam Neumann, Cretin-Derham Hall, scored 39 in a 71-66 loss to Bettendorf, IA, at the Shootout. Coach of the Day: Dave Thorson, DeLaSalle boys, who beat St. Rita (Chicago, IL) 59-53 despite the continuing absence of Reid Travis.
Sun., Jan. 5--no games that I know of
Mon., Jan. 6--Minnesota Timberwolves 126 Philadelphia 76ers 95
Player of the Day: Kevin Love, Timberwolves, 26 pts in rout the 76ers. Coach of the Day: Rick Adelman, Timberwolves.
Tues., Jan. 7--Sauk Centre girls @ Albany
This and many other games were ppd due to the cold weather. So the Game of the Day was Edina girls 66 #4 Chaska 58.
Player of the Day: Grace Coughlin, Benilde-St. Margaret's, senior, guard with 32 points in a 78-68 win at Irondale. Coach of the Day: Edina's Mat Nilsen.
Game of the Week--Apple Valley boys 72 Blue Valley Northwest (KA) 59
Player of the Week--Sam Neumann, Cretin-Derham Hall, junior, forward
Coach of the Week--Mike Boschee, Bemidji State men
Week of Jan. 15-21
Wed., Jan. 15--Sacramento Kings @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Thurs., Jan. 16--Bloomington Kennedy girls @ Eastview
Fri., Jan. 17--Winona State men @ Southwest Minnesota State
Sat., Jan. 18--Mpls. Washburn girls vs. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva @ Owatonna
Sun., Jan. 19--Minnesota Gopher men @ Iowa
Mon., Jan. 20--New London-Spicer boys @ Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
Tues., Jan. 21--Apple Valley boys @ Rosemount
Wed., Jan. 22--Wisconsin men @ Minnesota Gophers
Thurs., Jan. 23--Wisconsin women @ Minnesota Gophers
Fri., Jan. 24--Mankato State men @ Winona State
Sat., Jan. 25--Sauk Centre girls @ Alexandria
Sun., Jan. 26--Minnesota Gopher men @ Nebraska
Mon., Jan. 27--Minnesota Timberwolves @ Chicago Bulls
Tues., Jan. 28--Staples-Motley girls @ Fergus Falls
Wed., Jan. 29--Iowa women @ Minnesota Gophers
Thurs., Jan. 30--Champlin Park boys @ Osseo
Fri., Jan. 31--Heritage Christian boys @ Maranatha