March Madness goes beyond the basketball court if you're a sports fan in Minnesota this weekend as critical late-season and postseason games in hockey and basketball will be feature presentations all over the place.
- 3 p.m. - Gopher women's hockey vs. Cornell
- 4:08 p.m. - St. Cloud State men's hockey vs. Colorado College
- 6 p.m. - Wild at Washington Capitals
- 6:30 p.m. - Gopher women's basketball vs. Northern Iowa
- 7:38 p.m. - Minnesota-Duluth men's hockey vs. Denver
The fun begins with the Gopher women's hockey team taking on Cornell in the NCAA Frozen Four (semifinals). With a win, Minnesota will advance to Sunday's the national championship game. Friday's game will be televised on Big Ten Network.
In college hockey, it's a double-header at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the NCHC tournament semifinals, with No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State facing Colorado College, followed by third-ranked UMD against sixth-ranked Denver. The winners advance to Saturday night's Frozen Faceoff for the tournament title while the losers will meet Saturday afternoon in a consolation game.
While the X is hosting college hockey, the Minnesota Wild will be dropping the puck in the nation's capital in a huge game against the defending champion Capitals. Minnesota (77 points) enters Friday night one point out of the last wild-card spot, trailing Colorado and Arizona (78 points each).
- 6 p.m. - Wild at Carolina Hurricanes
- 6:45 p.m. - Gopher men's basketball vs. Michigan State
- 7 p.m. - Timberwolves at Memphis Grizzlies
- 7:07 p.m. - Minnesota State men's hockey vs. Bowling Green
- 7:38 p.m. - NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game
The Wild get things started at 6 p.m. in another critical game, but the marquee game of the day is between the Gophers and Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament. The game will be televised on CBS with the winner advance to next week's Sweet 16.
The Wolves are also in action against the Grizzlies, but Minnesota has nothing but pride to play for since they're 10 games out of a playoff spot with 10 games to go.
Minnesota's other D1 men's hockey team still playing is in action as the MSU-Mankato Mavericks take on Bowling Green in the WCHA championship game. The Mavericks are a likely No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
And depending on how Friday's games go, the NCHC title game could feature SCSU against UMD.
On top of it all, KSTC 45TV is televising all of the semifinal (Friday) and championship games in boys basketball. Here's how championship Saturday has shaped up so far.
- 11 a.m. - Class A - Spring Grove or Henning vs. Ada-Borup or North Woods
- 1 p.m. - Class AA - Minnehaha Academy or Lake City vs. Mpls. North or Perham
- 5 p.m. - Class AAA - DeLaSalle vs. Waseca
- 8 p.m. - Class AAAA - Hopkins vs. Lakeville North