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Another lineup change Wednesday night

Gopher coach Tubby Smith told the Star Tribune he plans to shake things up again when the Gophers host Michigan State. The U of M men's basketball team lost their third straight Saturday night against the Northwestern Wildcats.
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Gopher coach Tubby Smith told the Star Tribune he plans to shake things up again when the Gophers host Michigan State. The U of M men's basketball team lost their third straight Saturday night against the Northwestern Wildcats.

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