A team source confirmed that Ralph Sampson III's X-ray came back clean after he rolled his left ankle in Thursday's game against Fairfield.
His ankle is still "just a tad bit soft," but he is expected to start Monday against Mount St. Mary's, in the last home game before heading to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic tournament.
Sampson turned his ankle in the final minutes of a 67-57 win over Fairfield, but still played 28 minutes.
Rodney Williams played just 21 minutes Thursday before lightly limping off the court after a Fairfield player came down on his ankle, but is reportedly fine, and did not get an X-ray.
Trevor Mbakwe -- who sprained his hand and thumb a week ago -- is still dealing with some tenderness but will also start. The forward wears a padded cover in practice to avoid any hits, but will go bare in Monday's game.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
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