Found January 02, 2013 on
The first Big Ten basketball games launched last Monday as Michigan State played Minnesota and Iowa faced Indiana. As many Big Ten basketball fans and players were anxious to begin conference play, both games were extremely competitive and exciting.
The 9th ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the 18th ranked Michigan State Spartans 76-63. The Spartans led 61- 60 with 6:30 left to play. The Gophers proceeded to go on a huge run in a big moment, with the team going 18-2 run to finish off the game. This game proved that Minnesota deserves to be so highly ranked and that they are a definite contender in the Big Ten this season. Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists to lead the Gophers. Trevor Mbakwe also had a big game. He had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Not only was he good statistically, his presence down low didn’t go unnoticed. Michigan State’s big man Derrick Nix was basically silenced as he only had 10 points and five rebounds. Minnesota ...
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After a thrilling come from behind victory over a traditional Big Ten powerhouse, the Golden Gophers answered several questions lingering from the non-conference season, and raised the biggest question of all. How good can this team be?
We’re on the cusp of starting the most important part of the season – a time in which the Gophers square off against conference foes night in and night out. With a stacked conference this year, games are sure to be a bloodbath and the Gophers will enjoy little to no reprieve when facing off [...]
Coach: Tubby Smith (5 seasons at Minnesota 103-68), Overall 490-213, 21 seasons
2011-12: Record 23-15 overall, 6-12 in Big Ten (9th)
Starters Returning (4) Julian Welch, Austin Hollins, Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams
Preseason Tournament: Battle of Atlantis
Top Non-Conference Games: at Florida State, at USC
Transfer Out: Chip Armelin (Southern Mississippi)
Sat Out: Trevor...
It’s a funny thing, the feelings you get after witnessing various victories. Some barely register as joy, some bring a little sense of accomplishment and others actually call for a mini celebration. Sometimes you yell, sometimes you just sit back and let the win play out. Other times you’re just excited the entire game. Yet [...]
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MINNEAPOLIS Quite often last year, probably more often than either would like, Gophers basketball players Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins would get asked the same question.
"Are you two brothers?"
It's not farfetched to think the Hollinses (or Holli, take your pick) would be related. They share a last name and both came to Minnesota from the Memphis area.
Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift No. 9 Minnesota to a 76-63 victory over No. 18 Michigan State on Monday.
Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden Gophers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 56.6 percent to open conference play with an emphatic victory over a team that has owned them for years.