MINNEAPOLIS Trevor Mbakwe heard the rumors just like everyone else did. After Minnesota's convincing win over No. 12 Illinois on Wednesday, word was going around that Mbakwe broke his hand.
It would have been a devastating blow for Mbakwe and the ninth-ranked Gophers if it were true.
"That was news to me," Mbakwe said Friday of the rumor. "I woke up the next day, and I got tweets that said, 'How's your broken hand? Someone reported your hand was broken.' I looked at (my hand) and I said, 'It looks fine to me.' "
Mbakwe said he jammed his finger before Wednesday's game against Illinois, but it clearly didn't have much of an impact on his play. The Gophers big man scored 19 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to help eighth-ranked Minnesota get an 84-67 road win over the Fighting Illini.
Now the test gets tougher for both Mbakwe and the Gophers as they head to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the No. 5 Hoosiers. Indiana's roster is filled with some of the top players in the Big ...