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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.

Hartman writes three columns each week.

Hartman: Gophers' win sets up rematch with Michigan State

Richard Pitino's squad on Thursday played confidently vs. Louisville, but Michigan State offers another tough challenge.

Hartman: NCAA tournament success for U depends on Murphy, Coffey

When the Gophers win, the team's best two players have shined. In the losses, not so much. Here are some numbers that tell the story.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Kyle Rudolph is such a great locker room presence for the Vikings and offers so much value that it’s hard to believe…

Hartman: Pitino's tenure as Gophers coach comparable to Tubby Smith

This is Richard Pitino's sixth season, and only seven coaches in Gophers history have lasted more than six years.

Hartman: Apple Valley basketball talent can't pass up Duke

Three of the Eagles' best — Tyus and Tre Jones and Gary Trent Jr. — were wooed by 'Coach K.'

Hartman: Molitor remains out of baseball for now

The Twins still hope to find a role for former manager Paul Molitor and are paying him $3 million a year for two more years.

Hartman: Big Ten football title is realistic goal for Gophers

Coach P.J. Fleck is bringing back 37 of 44 players from the Gophers' two-deep chart from the 34-10 victory over Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Hartman: Wild's trades spark recent surge

GM Paul Fenton's trades are trying to make the team younger and faster, and create more cap space.

Hartman: Vikings have been adept at handling NFL salary cap

Rick Spielman said his team's salary situation isn't as troubling as it has been in past seasons.

Hartman: Can Kubiak work his QB magic with Vikings?

Coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman believe that newly-hired Gary Kubiak can help Kirk Cousins in the quarterback's second year with the team.