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Can Gophers survive Big Ten without Mbakwe?

The basketball Gophers will find out as early as tonight how tough they are without team leader Trevor Mbakwe, who is out for the season. Minnesota (12-1) takes on Illinois (11-2) to begin the Big Ten portion of their 2011-12 schedule.
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The basketball Gophers will find out as early as tonight how tough they are without team leader Trevor Mbakwe, who is out for the season. Minnesota (12-1) takes on Illinois (11-2) to begin the Big Ten portion of their 2011-12 schedule.

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