This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Mbakwe caused distractions, but he's also the player that will help the Gophers move on

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: October 23, 2012 - 1:22 PM

 
Trevor Mbakwe has all over the headlines for the wrong reasons in the last couple weeks, it’s true.
 
We’re not going to dismiss any of that – it’s not something Mbakwe has taken lightly either. But we all know what the cure for negative press and distractions is: winning. And the fact of the matter is, Mbakwe is being heralded – around the league and around the country -- as the piece to help the Gophers do just that.
 
Monday, Mbakwe was named Big Ten Network’s No. 4 player in the conference, calling him the best “glass-cleaning in the Big Ten” and “darn near impossible to stop” in the paint.
 
But that’s not the only high praise Mbakwe has received lately, with the Gophers looking ahead to a promising season.
Some other recent hype for the big man:
 

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