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Golden Gophers point guard Al Nolen returning after injury

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MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC-DT/AP) -- 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.

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