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Five tidbits as prepare for my big Krav Maga comeback tonight, post-ankle sprain.
1. Who do you think coach Richard Pitino said has the biggest potential of anyone on the team? Why, Charles Buggs of course. My story in today's Star Tribune here. Plus, more thoughts on Buggs on the blog.
2. It's Buggy Fever. Listen to his own words here via some audio from the University of Minnesota.
3. Video: Gopher basketball takes you into the locker room for Richard Pitino's postgame speech. Pretty touching ode to Austin Hollins, then asks "Will the real Charles Buggs please stand up?"
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.
With Shannon Brooks healthy, Rodney Smith continuing his roll and Mitch Leidner moving better than he has in two years, the Gophers used a potent running attack to defeat Colorado State 31-24 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
The coach said on Friday that he sees improvement after a close loss vs. then-No. 1 Michigan State and a game that Minnesota mostly controlled at Penn State before falling apart in the final six minutes.