Maverick Ahanmisi will start at at point guard for Gophers in Big Ten opener

Tubby Smith says sophomore Maverick Ahanmisi will start at point guard when the Gophers open up Big Ten play Tuesday at Illinois. Ahanmisi has started the last three games, playing well enough to earn the job. Freshman Andre Hollins had the starting role before turning an ankle two weeks ago.
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Tubby Smith says sophomore Maverick Ahanmisi will start at point guard when the Gophers open up Big Ten play Tuesday at Illinois. Ahanmisi has started the last three games, playing well enough to earn the job. Freshman Andre Hollins had the starting role before turning an ankle two weeks ago.

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