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 will be hobbled at the point guard position tomorrow

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: February 25, 2012 - 6:56 PM

 

With Welch hobbled somewhat, the pressure will be up on Andre Hollins

With Welch hobbled somewhat, the pressure will be up on Andre Hollins

 

With the season hanging by a thread, the Gophers have an important game against Indiana tomorrow, and they could be significantly shorthanded at one position.

Point guard Julian Welch is dealing with a minor hip pointer injury, and backup floor general Maverick Ahanmisi has a turned ankle, coach Tubby Smiith said.

Neither practiced today and Ahanmisi has not practiced since before the Michigan State game, but Welch said he expected to play on it regardless, and he is expected to start.

"I’m going to play through it," Welch said. "I’ve had aches and bruises here and there, so I’ll be fine when I get out there."

 

But even if Welch is in his regular role, with his potential limitations and Ahamisi likely out, it will place a greater reliance on freshman Andre Hollins from that spot.

"It puts a little more responsibility on the other players around [Welch], to do more, to do a better job," Smith said.

 

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