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Ramblings... 04/16/2014

by Dan Gunderson

Local Maren Walseth New NDSU Women's Basketball Coach

I am never really sure what to think about a new coaching hire. Maren Walseth was an assistant at Penn State University before taking this job and the Nittany Lions won back-to-back Big 10 regular season titles in the previous two years.

I like to give a coach a three year period before I judge to see how good they are at coaching and recruiting. To me, we cannot really say, "good hire" or "bad hire" based off of where she has been in her career as an assistant coach.

Regional - Minnesota Wild Make Playoffs

After the big time off-season signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in 2012, the Wild made the playoffs last season but were quickly bounced by the Chicago Blackhawks. This season, the Wild hope to make a bit more noise against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Wild went 1-3-1 against the Avalanche this year, but haven't played them since January 30. Since January 30, the Wild have gone 14-6-6. More than any other playoffs, seeding in the NHL means little. Wouldn't be surprised to the see the Wild pull off the upset against the Avalanche.

National - NBA Playoffs

Nobody really cares about the NBA in this area for 12 months out of the year. That is not a mis-print. It hasn't help that the Minnesota Timberwolves have been dissappointing the past few seasons and don't appear to be getting better. However, I do get excited about the playoffs and this year's edition will be no different.

The Western Conference is chocked full of superstars and teams vying for a shot at the title, while the Eastern Conference just seems to be two teams waiting to play each other in the Eastern Conference Finals. Can't wait for this thing to tip-off.

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