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Connecticut Wins, Wolves Short-handed, Tony Parker Out for Spurs

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A few bits this morning.

Ronald Martinez

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies and their coach, former Wolf Kevin Ollie, on winning the national championship last night in a sloppy but competitive game over Kentucky.  Shabazz Napier was the central figure in the game, scoring 22 of UConn's 60 points and having the ball in his hands virtually the entire game.

There was no NBA yesterday as the league doesn't schedule against the NCAA title game, but action returns tonight with the Spurs visiting Target Center for the Mexico City makeup game.  Of course that means that the Wolves play back to back again, with the Bulls in town on Wednesday, but it doesn't much matter at this point I suppose.

Tony Parker will not play tonight as he suffered a back strain (facet joint for those of you who know what that is) against Memphis the other night.

Dante Cunningham, now facing charges of domestic assault stemming from an incident Thursday morning, as well as charges of making "terroristic threats" for which he was re-arrested on Sunday, posted bail yesterday and left the Hennepin County jail.  Whether he will dress and/or play tonight remains unknown.

Meanwhile, as discussed yesterday, the Wolves are seriously short of bodies, as late season injuries take their toll. There has been no word yet on whether or who the Wolves might sign to take the open roster spot created by the release of A.J. Price, but Rick Adelman did say yesterday that they are talking about bringing someone in.

Without Chase Budinger, Shabazz Muhammad, Nikola Pekovic, and Kevin Martin, if Cunningham does not play that leaves nine available players.

It's a pretty quiet night in the association otherwise, with only six games on the slate.  Dallas is in Utah where they could get their 48th win of the season. Incredibly, that still won't guarantee them a playoff spot.  Atlanta hosts Detroit where a win would solidify their hold on the 8th playoff spot in the East.

Today in history

1513: Ponce de Leon claims Florida for Spain
1783: Catherina II annexes the Crimea for Russia
1789: First meeting of U.S. House of Representatives
1820: The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos
1974: Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run

Instead of a musical birthday today, as no one really appeals, let us know in comments what you have been listening to lately.