Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/18/14
MINNEAPOLIS After his second put-back dunk of the night, Gophers senior Trevor Mbakwe let out a yell, as if to announce to the college basketball world that he is back. Minnesota fans have seen him do that plenty before, vocalizing his emotion after a big play. It's happened infrequently this year, though, as Mbakwe is still trying to work his way back from a torn ACL that sidelined him for most of last season. Slowly but surely, Mbakwe is regaining his old form. Tuesday was perhaps the best example of that, as the senior grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds six offensive boards and added 14 points in Minnesota's 70-57 win over visiting North Dakota State. "Trevor's intensity has definitely picked up," said fellow senior Rodney Williams. "He's been stepping up in the big games when we need him to, like he used to. It's just good to have him back out there and have him looking like the old Trev." The old Mbakwe (that's not a reference to the 23-year-old's age) was the Big Ten's l...
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