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Gophers likely to put freshman Andre Hollins in starting lineup

Associated Press Andre Hollins is averaging 6.2 points and 16.2 minutes in Big Ten play this season for the Gophers.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Freshman Andre Hollins will likely move into the starting lineup for Minnesota.

Hollins practiced with the first team Monday, and coach Tubby Smith said he'd probably start him at shooting guard tonight against sixth-ranked Ohio State. Hollins will likely replace Joe Coleman.

Hollins started the first 10 games for the Gophers (17-8, 5-7 Big Ten), but he sprained his right ankle and struggled with his strength, explosiveness and confidence after that.

Hollins scored a career-high 20 points with six rebounds against Wisconsin last week, going 5 for 6 from 3-point range. Smith also praised his defensive effort against Badgers star Jordan Taylor during that game.

Hollins began the season at point guard and can play either backcourt spot, and Smith said he's the team's best player at creating his own shot.