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Mbakwe out for season with torn ACL

A body blow to the University of Minnesota basketball program. Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe tore his ACL in Sunday night's loss to Dayton, and will miss the remainder of the season.
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A body blow to the University of Minnesota basketball program. Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe tore his ACL in Sunday night's loss to Dayton, and will miss the remainder of the season.

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