Sampson and Hollins expected to start Saturday against St. Peter's

Both players are recovering from minor ankle injuries, but Ralph Sampson III and Andre Hollins are expected to start Saturday when the Gophers host St. Peter's. Sampson returned to action against Appalachian State, but Hollins left the game early and didn't return.
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Both players are recovering from minor ankle injuries, but Ralph Sampson III and Andre Hollins are expected to start Saturday when the Gophers host St. Peter's. Sampson returned to action against Appalachian State, but Hollins left the game early and didn't return.

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