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Minnesota star Mbakwe suffers torn ACL

Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 3:01 pm
 


By Jeff Goodman


First Tim Abromaitis and now Trevor Mbakwe.

We've lost a pair of the top forwards in the country to season-ending injuries in the past week - and in the process, potentially a couple of potential NCAA tournament teams.

Abromaitis went down with a season-ending knee injury in practice last Friday, putting Notre Dame's NCAA tourney hopes in serious jeopardy.

Mbakwe suffered a knee injury early in the second half against Dayton in the title game of the Old Spice Classic. An MRI on Monday confirmed that Mbakwe tore his ACL, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The loss of Mbakwe likely makes Minnesota a team that won't be playing in the Big Dance this season.

The Gophers still have a terrific coach in Tubby Smith - and some decent pieces. However, Mbakwe averaged a double-double last season, is a relentless rebounder and a guy who finds a way to get things done with his athleticism and determination.

Now it'll be up to Ralph Sampson III, who has struggled thus far this season, to step up his play. Rodney Williams has been a tease and has underachieved thus far in his career. In order for the Gophers to be a tourney team, Sampson and Williams will need to produce. Consistently.

Big man Maurice Walker is slow to recover from his season-ending knee injury he sustained a year ago - and hasn't practiced yet. Colton Iverson transferred out of the program.

The backcourt of sophomore Austin Hollins and freshman Andre Hollins has been solid and Julian Welch has given the Gophers depth.

Just a week ago, these were two programs with realistic aspirations of getting to the NCAA tournament. 

How quickly it can change.

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Comments

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Minnesota star Mbakwe suffers torn ACL

Is he able to get a red shirt then for next season????



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Minnesota star Mbakwe suffers torn ACL

This sucks! I'm a Michigan fan, but I hate to see something like this happen to another Big Ten team. Minnesota won't be the same team without Mbakwe, and I prefer the conference to have as many strong teams as possible. I still think the Big Ten is one of the top three conferences though.



Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Minnesota star Mbakwe suffers torn ACL

Gophs coulda been a contender (for the top-middle of the B10 pack) this year!  Hopefully the rest of the team will grow, and some stars will emerge for a run next year.




Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Minnesota star Mbakwe suffers torn ACL

Minnesota Gophers will be very fortunate to get 4 Big 10 wins this year.  Wish we still had Colten Iverson right about now.    He'll be in Tim Miles crew over in Fort Collins Colorado next year.  Too bad for Trevor, he was going to have a monster year on the boards.  :(



Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Minnesota star Mbakwe suffers torn ACL

The Hokies feel your pain....I don't believe any team has had more setbacks due to injury the past several years than VT.   Interesting that these two teams meet in the next game.  Have the paramedics ready.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Minnesota star Mbakwe suffers torn ACL

Gophers are snakebit.  Start fast every season, lose players to injury and/or transfer, then collapse.  Hope Trevor gets a chance to play again next season.



Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Minnesota star Mbakwe suffers torn ACL

Fixed it for you.

Now it'll be up to Ralph Sampson III, who has struggled thus far this season to stay awake for a whole game.


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