(Sioux Falls, SD) — North Dakota State is heading to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Summit League Tournament Championship. Vinnie Shahid scored a game-high 22 points as the Bison beat Omaha 73-63 in the title game in Sioux Falls. Tyson Ward added 15 points in the victory. NDSU earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, which begins next week.
(Chicago, IL) — The Golden Gophers will play Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament tomorrow in Chicago. Minnesota is the seven-seed after finishing the regular season 19-and-12 including 9-and-11 in conference play.
(Denver, CO) — The Timberwolves trailed by 11 after the first quarter and never recovered in a 133-107 loss to the Nuggets in Denver. Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 34 points and 10 rebounds to pace Minnesota, which had won its previous two. Tyus Jones was the only other starter in double figures with 16 points in defeat. The Wolves visit Utah tomorrow.
(Eagan, MN) — Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr is returning to Minnesota after all. Multiple outlets report the 26-year-old has decided to stay with the Vikings after previously telling the New York Jets he intended to sign with them. Barr will ink a five-year deal worth $67.5-million with $33-million guaranteed. Players can officially start signing contracts today with the start of the new league year.
(St. Paul, MN) — Now on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, the Wild host the Dallas Stars tomorrow night at The X. Minnesota has lost two in-a-row to fall one point behind Arizona for the second Wild Card spot in the West with 12 games to play. The Wild are also three points behind Dallas for the top Wild Card.
(Bradenton, FL) — LaMonte Wade’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a five-run ninth inning as the Twins pounded the Pirates 10-4 in Bradenton. Tyler Austin homered for Minnesota,. Starter Stephen Gonsalves permitted four runs, three earned, in three innings of work. The Twins face the Red Sox today in Fort Myers.