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Andre Hollins will start season as Gophers' point guard

The Gophers freshman started both of Minnesota's exhibition games leading up to Friday's season opener against Bucknell. Tennessee's reigning Mr. Basketball will be learning a lot about playing in the Big Ten on the fly, according to coach Tubby Smith.
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The Gophers freshman started both of Minnesota's exhibition games leading up to Friday's season opener against Bucknell. Tennessee's reigning Mr. Basketball will be learning a lot about playing in the Big Ten on the fly, according to coach Tubby Smith.

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