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Gophers expected to topple Mountaineers easily at Barn

Tonight at Williams Arena, it’s the basketball Gophers taking on Appalachian State in non-conference play. This one should be a cakewalk for Minnesota, even though the Mountaineers will be one of the biggest teams they’ve faced so far. Center Ralph Sampson may sit out again, as he tries to recover from an injured ankle.
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Tonight at Williams Arena, it’s the basketball Gophers taking on Appalachian State in non-conference play. This one should be a cakewalk for Minnesota, even though the Mountaineers will be one of the biggest teams they’ve faced so far. Center Ralph Sampson may sit out again, as he tries to recover from an injured ankle.

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