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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been here before.
They've steamrolled through cushy nonconference schedules to crack the AP Top 25 and raise some optimism for the season. Then the Big Ten comes along and roughs them up.
This year, they say they're different. Well, they're about to find out.
The 11th-ranked Gophers host No. 19 Michigan State in the Big Ten opener Monday, with a chance to set a new tone. The Gophers have had just two winning records in conference play in the last 15 years. But with Trevor Mbakwe healthy, Andre Hollins emerging as a top-flight point guard and more depth than Tubby Smith has ever had at Minnesota, the Gophers are brimming with confidence.
Senior Rodney Williams says ''we have a lot to prove.''
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We’re on the cusp of starting the most important part of the season – a time in which the Gophers square off against conference foes night in and night out. With a stacked conference this year, games are sure to be a bloodbath and the Gophers will enjoy little to no reprieve when facing off [...]
While the nation balances precariously on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the Golden Gophers dive off another cliff on Monday afternoon against the Michigan State Spartans. While politicians in both parties at least superficially try to avoid the fiscal cliff, the conference cliff is unavoidable. While the fiscal cliff can be retroactively averted by [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Spartans were charging, and the Golden Gophers were coming unglued, rushing shots, turning the ball over and losing their focus in transition.
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MINNEAPOLIS — All the numbers from the Gophers' 76-63 win over the Michigan State Spartans. Keith Appling lead MSU with 15 points and six steals while Andre Hollins had game-highs in points (22) and assists (6) for Minnesota.
Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift No. 9 Minnesota to a 76-63 victory over No. 18 Michigan State on Monday.
Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden Gophers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 56.6 percent to open conference play with an emphatic victory over a team that has owned them for years.