Golden Gophers Lose Trevor Mbakwe for Year; Torn ACL

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Thus far into the young college basketball season, prospects haven’t looked exceptional for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Tubby Smith‘s squad barely escaped versus Big East weakling DePaul over the holiday weekend, and plenty of holes in their game have been exposed.

Now this- losing their most talented player by far for the entire season. Senior forward Trevor Mbakwe suffered an ACL tear to his right knee. Surgery to repair the injury will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

Mbakwe, named to the Preseason All-Big Ten First Team and to the John R. Wooden award watch list, is currently leading the Gophers in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg) through seven games.

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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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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…]

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