Gophers Trevor Mbakwe Jailed for Alleged Violation of Restraining Order

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers leading scorer Trevor Mbakwe is in jail tonight for allegedly violating a harrassment restraining order. The Big Ten’s leading rebounder and UM college basketball star was arrested Monday night. If Mbawke is forced to miss time, the Golden Gophers could be in big trouble without their best player. He also leads the conference with ten double-doubles.

According to the AP:

Police say Mbakwe was booked into Ramsey County Jail on misdemeanor charges Monday after he posted a message on a St. Paul woman’s Facebook page. The woman had previously filed a restraining order against Mbakwe. Bail was set at $500.

Mbakwe leads the Golden Gophers with 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He transferred to Minnesota before last season, but was not allowed to play while facing a felony battery charge stemming from his days at Miami-Dade Community College.

He entered a pretrial program rather than go to trial on those charges, but did not admit guilt in the case.

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99 in 99: #50 Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Tubby Time has not accelerated the success of the Minnesota Gophers’ basketball program like originally anticipated.  Last year was supposed to be the breakout out year but two highly regarded newcomers never saw a minute on the court while the team’s starting point guard was ineligible for most of conference play.  With a loaded Big Ten this season, I cannot imagine this being the year Minnesota makes a jump in the conference.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and the top 27 mid-majors.  Click here if you missed teams #51-#99.

By: David Kay
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Minnesota Gophers Basketball Offseason Preview

By Mike Gallagher

It’s funny how getting a big name coach to come to your program generates interest and attention for your school. [Read more…]