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Buffalo Man Wins Nat’l Bracket Challenge

A Minnesotan has $5,000 more in his pocket after having won the national CBS Local NCAA Bracket Challenge. Ted Zrust, 44, said he’s played various March Madness bracket games in years past, but this was his first time playing through WCCO.

04/14/2015

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Tyus Jones Named Most Outstanding Player At NCAA Championship

Minnesota-native Tyus Jones was named Most Outstanding Player in Duke’s NCAA Championship win Monday night. There were 16 lead changes in the title game, but in the end, Duke came back to beat the Wisconsin Badgers 68-63.

04/07/2015

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4-Month-Old Badgers Fan May Be Good Luck Charm

The University of Wisconsin Badgers will be playing for the NCAA Title Monday night. That hasn’t happened since the 1940s. The Badgers upset the Kentucky Wildcats 71-64 Saturday night, ending Kentucky’s 38-game winning streak.

04/06/2015

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Rowdy Fans Vs. Noise Famine At NCAA Hockey Regional Sites

The NCAA wants to take home-ice advantage away from its regional hockey tournaments. Yet, the effort to secure neutral sites reveals an imbalance between an electrifying atmosphere and hundreds of empty seats. The West Regional in Fargo was a mini-home game for the University of North Dakota on Friday.

03/28/2015

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North Dakota To Face St. Cloud State For Shot At Frozen Four

Drake Caggiula and Luke Johnson scored short-handed goals and North Dakota enjoyed a home-state crowd in a 4-1 victory over Quinnipiac on Friday night in the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA hockey tournament.
North Dakota (28-9-3) advances to play St. Cloud State for a berth in the Frozen Four, one week after the Huskies beat UND in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament. UND also lost the third-place game in the league tourney.

03/28/2015

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WCCO This Morning Takes On Caribou’s Coffee Madness Challenge

The Sweet 16 tips off Thursday night on WCCO and our WCCO This Morning team tried their own March Madness competition with a twist. No need for a good shooting percentage for this game – all you need is coffee!

03/26/2015

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Minnesota State Moorhead Makes Debut In D2 Final 8

The Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team is headed for the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in program history.

03/25/2015

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Minnesota Uses Injured Guard Banham For NCAA Inspiration

Minnesota believes its best player will be helping in the NCAA tournament against DePaul even though she won’t be on the floor.

Rachel Banham, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee against North Dakota in December, a devastating loss that could have sent the Gophers’ season into a tailspin. Instead, it became a rallying point as Minnesota (23-9) earned its first tournament berth since 2009.

03/19/2015

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UND Goaltender A Finalist For National Goalie Of The Year

University of North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre is a finalist for goalie of the year in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. McIntyre is one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award. Others are St. Lawrence’s Kyle Hayton, Michigan State’s Jake Hildebrand, Yale’s Alex Lyon and Michigan Tech’s Jamie Phillips.

03/19/2015

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Kelley, Gopher Women Ready For NCAA Tourney

The Gopher women’s basketball team believes now that they are in the dance, why not win some games? The reason they have a chance against DePaul and beyond is a new addition, who may have made it all possible.

03/18/2015

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Going Dancing: Breaking Down The First 5 Teams In

The Selection Sunday countdown has officially begun. Let’s breakdown the mid-majors putting on their dancing shoes.

03/11/2015

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5 NCAA Storylines To Watch Heading Into March

What to watch for in the lead up to the madness of the next couple weeks.

02/28/2015

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State Senators: Open Up On Miller’s Ouster

Democratic state senators are pressing for more answers on why the coach of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team is being let go.

02/23/2015

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - JANUARY 05: Auburn Tigers Head Coach Gus Malzahn speaks to media during a Vizio BCS National Championship press conference at the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel and Spa on January 5, 2014 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Auburn, UCLA And USC Win Big On National Signing Day

National Signing Day is arguably the most important day of the college football year.

02/04/2015

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Minnesota To Get Banham Back Next Season

Minnesota will get guard Rachel Banham back for another year. Banham announced Friday she’ll return to the team next season after being awarded a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, essentially a reset of her senior year.

01/23/2015

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Supporters Want Duluth Women’s Hockey Coach Reinstated

Supporters of Shannon Miller and the rest of the Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey staff want them reinstated. Miller coached UMD to five NCAA national championships. But the university decided not to renew her contract after this season.

12/19/2014

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Minnesota State Returns To NCAA Semifinals

Minnesota State has reached the NCAA Division II football semifinals for the second time in three years.

12/07/2014

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Reality Check: Transgender Athletes In Minn. High Schools

Minnesota joins 32 other states with policies for transgender athletes on high school sports teams. But that doesn’t make it any less controversial. Minnesota transgender students can choose a sports team if parents and health care professionals can prove their gender-related identity. Students don’t need proof of sex-change surgery or hormone therapy.

12/05/2014

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MSU Gets Going In NCAA D2 Playoffs

Minnesota State kicks off its NCAA championship pursuit this weekend.

11/28/2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Briean Boddy-Calhoun #29 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers catches a pass intended for Corey Smith #84 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first quarter of the game on November 15, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: A Time To Be Thankful For Rivalries

With Thanksgiving upon us, we should all take some time to think about what we are thankful for. There is plenty of drama to pay attention to this weekend, and that is something every college football fan can be thankful for.

11/25/2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes carries the football against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second quarter of the game on November 15, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: J.T. Barrett Has Led Ohio State’s Resurrection As Playoff Contender

If you are looking for this year’s young rising star with a shot to win the Heisman Trophy, look no further than Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. The freshman starting quarterback has stepped into a tough spot and has grown and matured along the way with terrific results.

11/20/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 8: Jalin Marshall #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes returns a punt 26 yards in the second quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: Conference And Division Championship Races Come Down Final Stretch

College football’s regular season is coming down the final stretch, which means it is crunch time in the conference and division championship races. Not every team is playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but everybody seems to have some impact on the new postseason format.

11/18/2014

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Minnesota State Gets Bye To Start D2 Playoffs

Minnesota State has a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

11/17/2014

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Minneapolis To Host 2019 NCAA Final Four Tournament

The NCAA announced Friday that Minneapolis will host the 2019 NCAA Final Four tournament. Eight states were competing to host. The announcement was made at TCF Bank Stadium Friday night.

11/14/2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 8: Melvin Gordon #25 of the Wisconsin Badgers leaps over Leroy Clark #3 of the Purdue Boilermakers during the game at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 8, 2014 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Wisconsin defeated Purdue 34-16. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon Ready For Heisman Showdown With Abdullah

This week, Melvin Gordon leads the Wisconsin running game against another Heisman candidate and his ground game, Nebraska and Ameer Abdullah. The running back showcase should double as this week’s Heisman Trophy Spotlight Game.

11/13/2014

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