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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Gophers take on undefeated Sycamores

Posted by: Michael Rand under Gophers game day Updated: November 25, 2011 - 11:03 AM

Just a few quick notes before tipoff between the Gophers and Indiana State in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.

*Remember, the game is an 11 a.m. Minneapolis start on ESPN.

*Both teams are 5-0. It's hard to get a read on Indiana State, but it appears the Sycamores have very balanced scoring and can put the clamps down on defense. They were an NCAA tournament team a year ago, losing as a No. 14 seed in the first round to Syracuse.

*Rodney Williams had a career-high 18 points in an 86-85 thriller over DePaul on Thursday. Can he sustain his high level of play?

*Ralph Sampson III looked rusty and bothered by his ankle injury early yesterday, but he gave the Gophers 15 important minutes with eight points and four rebounds. What will he have to offer today?

*Can Andre Hollins rebound from an ineffective game? He's back starting at the point against Indiana State. No lineup changes -- Hollins, Austin Hollins, Trevor Mbakwe, Sampson and Williams.

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