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Andre Hollins expected to start at point guard for Tubby's Gophers

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.
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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.

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