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Pitino's Gophers suffer huge blow with loss of Eric Curry

Curry is out for the season after injuring his knee this week.
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Richard Pitino's newest challenge as head coaching of the rising Golden Gophers men's basketball team is to find a way to win without sophomore power forward Eric Curry. 

The Gophers announced Thursday that Curry was lost for the season when he suffered a bad knee injury during a pick-up game early Thursday. The extent of his injury: Torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee. 

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and we are certainly disheartened by the news,” Pitino said in a statement. “Eric had a tremendous summer, but I am positive he will continue to get better as he recovers from this setback.”

Curry's late-summer season-ending injury is similar to the blow the Gophers suffered last summer when Davonte Fitzgerald was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Minnesota went on to finish fourth in the Big Ten and reach the NCAA Tournament. 

As a freshman last season, Curry played in all 34 games as a backup power forward and center, averaging 5.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game. 

His stats don't jump off the page but he was expected to play a bigger role with the team this season. 

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