Lucia on North Dakota: 'To be the man...'

Gophers coach Don Lucia is now quoting wrestler Ric Flair. Lucia says “If you want to be the man, you have to beat the man.” He was talking about beating North Dakota this weekend, the reigning WCHA champion. Even though the Sioux are off to poor start, Lucia says they’ll be tough.
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Gophers coach Don Lucia is now quoting wrestler Ric Flair. Lucia says “If you want to be the man, you have to beat the man.” He was talking about beating North Dakota this weekend, the reigning WCHA champion. Even though the Sioux are off to poor start, Lucia says they’ll be tough.

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