Posted December 04, 2012 on
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South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters has been ruled out of the game at No. 14 Minnesota.
The senior shooting guard has been bothered by an ankle injury. He was on the court for warmups on Tuesday night, but freshman Jake Bittle was in the starting lineup instead.
The 6-foot-3 Wolters, who led the Jackrabbits to their first NCAA tournament appearance last season, missed out on his last opportunity to play in his home state. He went to St. Cloud Tech High School, about a 90-minute drive from the Minnesota campus.
In 2011-12, Wolters became just the fifth player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in a season.
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Minnesota will host South Dakota State and its dynamic senior guard Nate Wolters on Tuesday at Williams Arena. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN3.
Hey, the first (and likely only) Kendal Shell headline that will ever occur! It wasn’t the highlight of the game, but in a relatively boring, Wolters-less victory over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Mr. End-of-the-Bench scored a career high four points in garbage time as the Gophers destroyed SDSU 88-64 and continued to outpace their [...]
Well that was a pretty thrilling Gopher win, huh? Not because they beat a Nate Wolters-less Jackrabbits team, but because sportsbooks didn't factor in the fact that the team was going to be Wolters-less.
See, the spread on the game opened with the Gophers as 14.5 point favorites. Mid-day there were some tweets going around that Wolters sprained his ankle, didn't participate...
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...
MINNEAPOLIS - No. 14 Minnesota looks to continue their hot start with a victory over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.