The Gophers needed a full 40-minutes to shake off the rust of a nine-day layoff tonight as they defeated North Dakota State University, 63-59. Ralph Sampson III scored 15-points and pulled down 6-rebounds. Rodney Williams finished with 14-points and 8-rebounds.
Preview: Gophers vs. Cornhuskers
Minnesota (12-1, 4-6 Big Ten) will play at Nebraska Sunday afternoon for the first time as Big Ten foes. Tubby Smith is looking for more from his leaders, Ralph Sampson III and Rodney Williams. Smith told the Star Tribune "if they're not doing it, we have to find guys that will do it." The two veterans only had four rebounds combined in the tough 63-59 loss at Iowa on Wednesday.