It hasn't been a great start to 2019 for Minnesota sports

The Wild, Wolves and Gophers have had some embarrassing losses.
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Richard Pitino

If 2018 was contagious, 2019 has caught the bug and the symptoms have flared up over the last week or so. 

Here's a team-by-team review of the frustrating losses plaguing Minnesota sports fans. 

Minnesota Wild

They started 2019 with three straight wins and appeared to be getting back on track, but that confidence was crushed with a 5-2 loss to a bad Detroit team followed by a loss in Philly where they allowed seven goals. Then they barely won at home in a shootout to lowly Los Angeles. 

Hopefully the trade with Anaheim for Pontus Aberg sparks them into winning more. 

Minnesota Timberwolves

They won three of four to start 2019 but then let rookie stud Luka Doncic dominated them in the fourth quarter of a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks, and on Tuesday night they got embarrassed 149-107 in Philly by Jimmy Butler and the 76ers. 

Gophers women's basketball

Lindsay Whalen's squad started the season red-hot and was ranked in the top 15 in the country, but four straight losses have them near the bottom of the Big Ten. They've lost their last two to Michigan State and Iowa by 18 points each. 

Gophers men's basketball

They started 2019 with a bang by winning at Wisconsin for the first time in forever, but have since gone up and down with blowout losses to Maryland and Illinois with a blowout win over Rutgers in the middle. 

The loss to Illinois (5-12 overall) was really bad considering the Fighting Illini hadn't won a Big Ten game since February 2018, and to get smoked by 27 points to that Illinois team is really embarrassing. 

Gophers wrestling

You've likely seen the hype surrounding Gophers freshman wrestler Gable Stevenson, but a one-man wrecking crew isn't good enough in team sports. The seventh-ranked Gophers lost in front of more than 5,200 fans at Maturi Pavilion to fourth-ranked Iowa last weekend. No shame in that loss, but it still adds to the overall misery. 

Let's not forget about Minnesota's winners

We're looking at you, Gophers women's hockey, who are 21-2-1 on the season and riding a 14-game winning streak after disposing of MSU Mankato last weekend. 

Even the Gophers men's hockey team surprised with a sweep at Notre Dame last weekend. 

Meanwhile, the best teams in the state in men's hockey currently are St. Cloud State, Minnesota-Duluth and MSU Mankato. SCSU is ranked No. 2 in the Pairwise while UMD is fifth and the Mavericks are sixth. The Pairwise is the best indicator for projecting the NCAA Tournament field. 

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