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MINNEAPOLIS For the first time in almost a year, Trevor Mbakwe was back on the basketball court.
Mbakwe missed most of last season after tearing his ACL in the Gophers' game against Dayton on Nov. 27. As a junior, Mbakwe was the Big Ten's leading rebounder. He was Minnesota's top scoring threat as well. Without Mbakwe, the Gophers still managed to advance to the NIT Championship before losing to Stanford.
Mbakwe also had to deal with legal issues since his injury, including an arrest this summer for driving under the influence. But Smith did not suspend Mbakwe for any games this season, as the sixth-year senior played Thursday in the Gophers' 81-56 exhibition win over Minnesota State.
When Mbakwe entered the game with 8:48 left in the first half, he was greeted by a warm ovation from the Williams Arena crowd. They know how important Mbakwe is to this year's team, and they also know how much Mbakwe has been through over the last few years.
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MINNEAPOLIS University of Minnesota freshman guard Wally Ellenson broke his left hand in practice Tuesday and will miss six to eight weeks, coach Tubby Smith said Wednesday.
Smith said Ellenson got his hand caught in a teammate's jersey during a rebounding drill and bent the hand backward. Minnesota did not originally plan on redshirting Ellenson, but Smith said Wednesday that...
Minnesota freshman Wally Ellenson has a broken left hand and will miss six to eight weeks.
Coach Tubby Smith said after Wednesday's practice that Ellenson hurt his shooting hand when it caught in a teammate's jersey during a rebounding drill the day before. Smith said he will consider redshirting Ellenson, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard from Rice Lake, Wis., who averaged...
It is hard to believe that year five of the Tubby Smith era tips off Thursday night in The Barn. A bit of optimism, whether justified or not surrounds the program these days, because surely luck will someday be on the side of the Golden Gophers. Minnesota State, Minnesota’s opening opponent doesn’t draw much interest,unless [...]
MINNEAPOLIS For the second weekend in a row, the University of Minnesota men's hockey team will have a non-traditional schedule.The Gophers had an exhibition game last Friday, followed by a Sunday afternoon regular-season game against Canisius. This weekend, Minnesota will play a home game Friday night at Mariucci Arena, followed by a Saturday night game in Mankato as part of...
MINNEAPOLIS Through the first three weeks of the season, the power play had been virtually non-existent for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team. The Gophers had scored just three times with the man advantage entering Friday's game against Minnesota State.
As it turned out, the power play was key for the Gophers in their 3-2 win against the Mavericks. In fact,...
MINNEAPOLIS Philip Nelson likely could have had plenty offers from colleges across the country, but he shut down the recruiting process early by committing to stay in state and play for the University of Minnesota.The former Mankato West star quarterback loved the approach new Gophers coach Jerry Kill brought to campus. From the day he took the job prior to last season, Kill preached...
MINNEAPOLIS - Join GopherDigest to chat live about tonight's exhibition contest between the Mavericks of Mankato State and the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
MINNEAPOLIS - It was an exhibition game, so sixth-year Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith wanted to see minutes from a wide variety of players and rotations. And that's what he got, as his Golden Gophers cruised to an 81-56 win over Minnesota State on Thursday night at Williams Arena.