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Another look: Minnesota

Minnesota will have a different look this time around against Purdue.

And not just because they're all nearly bald.

In the first meeting, a 79-60 Purdue victory on Jan. 5 in West Lafayette, the Gophers had point guard Al Nolen and were without injured Ralph Sampson.

Switch that for Wednesday.

Nolen was ruled ineligible for the second semester, and Sampson is healthy and averaging 6.2 rebounds per game.

Coach Tubby Smith said he thinks his team, which is fighting for an NCAA berth, is peaking at the right time.

Smith has been able to use different kind of lineups and approaches. The Gophers can play man or zone. They can utilize full-court pressure. They also have an option of playing 6-11 Sampson and 6-10 Colton Iverson together.

  • Minnesota guard Blake Hoffarber is one of the best three-point shooters in the country -- he shoots 49 percent -- and he's made teams pay.