Gophers expecting Nolen back Thursday
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith expects to have point guard Al Nolen back for the 17th-ranked Gophers' next game.
Smith said Wednesday after practice that Nolen will play Thursday against South Dakota State.
Nolen has missed the last five games because of a stress fracture in his foot. The senior is one of Minnesota's best defenders and a steady presence at the top of the key.
The Gophers start Big Ten play next week at Wisconsin.