Early in Malik Smith's oh so short Golden Gopher career, a curious debate briefly waged on Twitter. The question at the center of the debate was its own answer. "Why is Malik Smith here besides shooting?" The answer was that Malik Smith was on the team almost entirely because of his shooting, and really, that should have been good enough.
There is no good time for an injury, especially an ankle sprain that could linger for the rest of Andre Hollins' junior season. Some times are worse than others, and the Golden Gophers got a bit lucky with the timing of this injury. There will be only two games in the two weeks following the win over Wisconsin, and Nebraska and Northwestern can't compare to the four game gauntlet...
It only took ten seconds for Golden Gopher fans to have flashbacks to so many seasons lost to injuries, suspensions and unexpected departures. After knocking down the first shot of the game, on the first play of the game, Andre Hollins rolled his ankle, and would not return. Over the remaing 39:50, it was easy to forget that anything was missing, as Minnesota hammered the Wisconsin...
Lost among the chatter of arbitrary NCAA decision making, tournament expansion, and conference realignment, the power forward has gone extinct, at least in the Big Ten. Even a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a Big Ten team to take the court without two true, back to the basket, low post players. With the graduations of Derrick Nix and Trevor Mbakwe after last season...
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