South Dakota State got a glimpse of what playing without star guard Nate Wolters is like at Minnesota.
It wasn't good.
While Wolters watched with a sprained right ankle, the 14th-ranked Gophers breezed to an 88-64 victory on Tuesday.
The lone Minnesotan on the Jackrabbits roster, Wolters participated in warm-ups, but wasn't strong enough to play.
''This was obviously going to be a big game for him because how close he is to people in Minnesota and how people look up to him,'' Jackrabbits coach Scott Nagy said.
''But we have to make a decision on what's best for our team in the long run, and certainly it wasn't for him to play tonight.''
Determined to stop the Gophers' inside game, the Jackrabbits (6-3) instead were hurt by long-range shooting, much of it by Andre Hollins, who scored 20 of his 22 points before halftime.
''He was lighting it up, but I was thinking, `Why aren't they guarding him?' You know he's capable of scoring,'' Gophers guard Joe Coleman said. ''That's just ...