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Posted at 6:09 PM ET, 11/27/2010

No. 15 Minnesota likely to play without two starters Monday vs. Virginia

By Steve Yanda

No. 15 Minnesota likely will play Monday against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge without two injured starters, Golden Gophers Coach Tubby Smith said Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

Smith said senior guard Al Nolen has a foot injury that could sideline him "a couple weeks or longer." Nolen averaged 9.2 points per game and tallied a team-high 17 steals in helping Minnesota get off to a 6-0 start that included wins over North Carolina and West Virginia.

Sophomore forward Rodney Williams, who is averaging 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, sprained his ankle Wednesday during Minnesota's 84-65 win over North Dakota State. Williams is "doubtful" to play against Virginia, according to Smith.

Junior reserve guard Devoe Joseph has not played this season while serving a suspension for a violation of team rules. Academic issues appear to be at least part of why Joseph has been forced to sit out, and Smith said he had not yet determined whether Joseph would be allowed to play Monday.

By Steve Yanda  | November 27, 2010; 6:09 PM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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