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Future of the Gophers rests in the hands of two freshman guards

It's an opinion that many Gopher fans are starting to buy into -- future success of the Gophers men's basketball team could rely on the growth of freshman guards Joe Coleman and Andre Hollins.
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It's an opinion that many Gopher fans are starting to buy into -- future success of the Gophers men's basketball team could rely on the growth of freshman guards Joe Coleman and Andre Hollins.

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