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Mbakwe, Nolen lead Minnesota to title

Originally Published: November 20, 2010
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Trevor Mbakwe was banned for a season while a court case was pending in which he was charged with assault. Al Nolen had to deal with the scarlet letter of being tagged as academically ineligible in February last season.

Yet if Minnesota was to be taken seriously as a Big Ten title contender this season and a real threat to go deep into March, Mbakwe and Nolen would have to deliver and lead this team out of its plodding past.

So far they have. ...

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