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Gophers could have Springs in their step vs. Badgers

January 20, 2017 GMT
FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2016, file photo, Arkansas State guard Salif Boudie (2) covers Minnesota guard Akeem Springs (0) in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis. Minnesota coach Richard Pitino plans to move Akeem Springs into the starting lineup at shooting guard after a couple of lackluster offensive performances by the Gophers last week. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2016, file photo, Arkansas State guard Salif Boudie (2) covers Minnesota guard Akeem Springs (0) in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis. Minnesota coach Richard Pitino plans to move Akeem Springs into the starting lineup at shooting guard after a couple of lackluster offensive performances by the Gophers last week. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota might have a new starting lineup for rival Wisconsin, with senior Akeem Springs in line to take sophomore Dupree McBrayer’s spot at shooting guard.

Coach Richard Pitino said Friday he’s been considering the switch to his rotation this week, but he stopped short of committing. The Gophers host the 17th-ranked Badgers on Saturday, on the heels of losses at Michigan State and Penn State.

Those defeats knocked them out of The AP Top 25, following their first appearance in nearly four years. The 52-50 setback at Penn State was particularly troubling, with only seven field goals made in the second half including just one jump shot.

Springs is a graduate transfer from Milwaukee. He’s averaging 8.6 points and 20.8 minutes per game.

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