Minnesota Golden Gophers Should Go With 3 Guards

By Trevor Lowry
Minnesota Golden Gophers
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Unless if a forward emerges, the Minnesota Golden Gophers should go with three guards in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

Andre and Austin Hollins will be starters. There is no question about that. Andre led the team last season with 14.6 points per game and 3.4 assists per game. He also went off in the NCAA tournament. Austin was the second leading scorer on the team. He averaged 10.7 points per game and 2.6 assists per game.

The other guard who should join them in the starting lineup is FIU transfer Malik Smith. Smith managed to average 14.1 points per game last season.

Andre should be the leading scorer once again, but both Smith and Austin will get their fair share of points.

These three combined for 230 made three-pointers last season. Austin had the worst shooting percentage from behind the arc, but still shot 33.8 percent.

Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams are no longer on the team. That puts a huge dent in the frontcourt and the Golden Gophers probably won’t be able to rebound from it this season. They will still have a very good and underrated backcourt, though. Andre is good enough to take over a game by himself. He did help lead the team over UCLA in last year’s dance by scoring 28 points. He also scored 25 points against the Florida Gators in the very next round.

Whether the case, Minnesota will have three very talented guards and it should go with a three-guard set as a result. I am sure that will be the case because it is not like this team is loaded with talent outside of those three or anything like that.

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