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Hollins' 25 leads Gophers to OT win over Northwestern

It took overtime to settle Minnesota-Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament, but the Gophers advanced with a 75-68 win over the Wildcats. Andre Hollins, a true freshman, led Minnesota with 25 points. The Gophers play second-seeded Michigan in the second round today.
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It took overtime to settle Minnesota-Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament, but the Gophers advanced with a 75-68 win over the Wildcats. Andre Hollins, a true freshman, led Minnesota with 25 points. The Gophers play second-seeded Michigan in the second round today.

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