Mike Grimm checks in with both of Minnesota’s basketball teams on today’s Golden Gopher Daily Update!
Al Nolen’s role for Minnesota has been reduced for now to encouragement from the bench.
Minnesota must move on without Al Nolen, trying to find a way to replace the senior point guard’s leadership, defense and ball-handling ability.
Another tough break for the Gopher Basketball team. Senior Point Guard Al Nolen will miss some time, possibly the rest of the season, with a broken foot. He’ll have surgery Wednesday. Head Coach Tubby Smith explains what happened and what comes next.
Minnesota point guard Al Nolen will have surgery on his broken right foot, raising the question about whether he’ll be able to play for the Gophers again this season.
Blake Hoffarber’s 26 points and Minnesota’s improved perimeter defense helped the Gophers outlast eighth-ranked Purdue 70-67 on Thursday night.
Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and tied career highs with 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead Minnesota to a 67-63 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night, the Golden Gophers’ first Big Ten victory of the season.
Thursday night is the last Gopher Basketball non-conference game as they take on South Dakota State. Mike Grimm talked to Head Coach Tubby Smith about the game plus gets an injury update on point guard Al Nolen.
Al Nolen’s solid performance helped Minnesota win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament last month and surge into the national rankings.
Minnesota will likely be without two injured starters — point guard Al Nolen and small forward Rodney Williams — for Monday’s game against Virginia.