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In this Jan. 13 file photo, Blake Hoffarber, right, of the Gophers shoots shot over Purdue's Ryne Smith during the first half in Minneapolis. (Associated Press)

Gophers trying to be cautious with Hoffarber

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By Jon Krawczynski, AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- A limp here. A shake of the wrist there.

Playing point guard in the rugged Big Ten could be starting to take its toll on Minnesota senior Blake Hoffarber.

Tubby Smith knows he's putting a lot of responsibility on the senior's shoulders, and the Minnesota coach is starting to get concerned the biggest key to the Gophers' success is starting to wear down as tournament time approaches.

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