The Minnesota Gophers fell to 0-3 in the Big Ten after Wednesday night's 64-62 loss to Iowa at Williams Arena. Maverick Ahanmisi had a chance to tie the game but missed a tough layup as time expired. Julian Welch led the Gophers with 14 points and Rodney Williams added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
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Tubby Smith says the Gophers' backcourt is the strength of the team. Junior college transfer Julian Welch has been outstanding playing point guard. Meanwhile, youngsters Andre Hollins, Chip Armelin, Austin Hollins, Maverick Ahanmisi and Joe Coleman have played significant roles.
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.
Rodney Williams powers Minnesota past Virginia Tech in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
The Gophers' basketball team debuted without Trevor Mbakwe Wednesday night and walked out of Williams Arena with a 58-55 win over Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Rodney Williams played his best game of the season, finishing with 14-points and 8-rebounds.
Gophers ready for Big Ten tournament
The odds of the Gophers making a run to the Big Ten tournament championship are very low, but that isn't stopping the team from feeling relaxed and confident. Rodney Williams says this season feels like his freshman year, when Minnesota struggled down the stretch before going to the conference tournament title game.
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