Mbakwe injury puts pressure on Williams

Tubby Smith might make some big changes to the starting lineup now that Trevor Mbakwe is out for the season with a torn ACL. During his weekly radio show, Smith said Rodney Williams could start at power foward, where he'll be expected to be more of a rebounding presence.
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Tubby Smith might make some big changes to the starting lineup now that Trevor Mbakwe is out for the season with a torn ACL. During his weekly radio show, Smith said Rodney Williams could start at power foward, where he'll be expected to be more of a rebounding presence.

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