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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Freshman Andre Hollins is expected to start at point guard when the Gophers open up exhibition play Tuesday night against Bemidji State. Hollins was battling junior college transfer Julian Welch for the starting job, but Welch turned his ankle over the weekend.
Hollins' minutes won't fade with Ahanmisi starting at point guard
Tubby Smith is expected to give Maverick Ahanmisi the starting point guard job when the Gophers open up Big Ten Conference play at Illinois Tuesday night. Freshman Andre Hollins did have the job, but an ankle injury gave Ahanmisi a chance to claim the starting role. Smith says Hollins will likely play the same number of minutes off the bench as he did as a starter.
Smith's Gophers looking for 3-point pop on offense
At Williams Arena, the basketball Gophers finish up exhibition play tonight against Augustana. Coach Tubby Smith is looking for more outside shooting. In Minnesota’s first tune-up against Bemidji state, the Gophers were just 1 of 7 from three-point range
Point guard competition still wide open for Gophers
Will junior college transfer Julian Welch be bringing the ball upcourt when the Gopher men open their season next week? Or will freshman Andre Hollins be at the controls? Perhaps sophomore Maverick Ahanmisi? Swami - er, Tubby - says: "If I had to pick one today, I don't know who I'd start."
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Madison Square Garden plays host the Gophers and Stanford tonight in the NIT championship game. Minnesota defeated Washington in the semifinals thanks to a big game from freshman Andre Hollins. Tubby Smith says he wants Hollins to have the ball in clutch situations "because he’s making very good decisions with it.”
Maverick Ahanmisi will start at at point guard for Gophers in Big Ten opener
Tubby Smith says sophomore Maverick Ahanmisi will start at point guard when the Gophers open up Big Ten play Tuesday at Illinois. Ahanmisi has started the last three games, playing well enough to earn the job. Freshman Andre Hollins had the starting role before turning an ankle two weeks ago.
Gophers' Mo Walker returns to practice, Andre Hollins still bothered by ankle
Gophers big man Mo Walker is back practicing with the team and is "almost fully engaged now", according to head coach Tubby Smith. There still isn't a timetable for Walker to return to game-action. Freshman point guard Andre Hollins' ankle is still tender and he's questionable for Thursday's game against NDSU.
Gopher men take down Bucknell 70-58 in season opener
Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers are off to a nice start after defeating Bucknell 70-58 at Williams Arena Friday night. Trevor Mbakwe led Minnesota with 17-points and 10-rebounds.
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