Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat Utah Valley Wolverines, 76-51

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Before I get into tonight's Utah Valley (1-1) v. Minnesota (2-0) matchup, a team source told me that Lawrence Westbrook is sick today and his status is unknown for tonight's game.

Earlier this week, Devoe Joseph and Devron Bostick dealt with with flu bugs. Sounds like something might be going around.

The Gophers will likely breeze past Utah Valley, a team that's making its debut as an official Division I program this year. But it's still ...

Preview: Utah Valley (1-1) is coming off a loss against California State-Bakersfield, after beating North Dakota State in its season debut. The Wolverines have completed a six-year period in which they've transitioned from a junior college to an official Division I team this season. Don't expect the Gophers to show them any sympathy. This is Minnesota's final tuneup before next week's 76 Classic tournament. Their first opponent: No. 11 Butler. They'll use this matchup as a...

The value of the Gophers men's basketball team's depth -- because of suspensions, legal challenges and now illness -- continues to rise.

And Minnesota will need it when it enters the toughest stretch of the nonconference season, beginning with a matchup against No. 11 Butler on Thanksgiving as part of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

They had success, after some early struggles, with a couple of new starters in their final tuneup before that crucial tournament, a 76...