Posted November 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
With time to catch its collective breath after a week on the road, Minnesota returns home as a ranked team filled with confidence. The No. 21 Golden Gophers hope to maintain their early success when they host North Florida on Saturday. After following up a loss to then-No. 5 Duke with wins over previously ranked Memphis and Stanford at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas last week, Minnesota (7-1) concluded its stretch of four games in six days with a 77-68 victory at Florida State on Tuesday in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. "We're just happy to come back from this road trip 3-1," forward Rodney Williams Jr. said. Playing as a ranked team for the first time since Jan. 31, 2011, the Gophers jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led by as many as 15 in the first half against the Seminoles. Joe Coleman had 16 points while Williams added 14 as Minnesota held Florida State to 37.9 percent shooting to prevail in its first true road game. Since Duke shot 54.4 percent in the 89-71 vict...
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