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The versatility of the Minnesota backcourt will make it highly difficult for opponents to defend next season.
The Gophers will sport two highly capable point guards alongside 2-guard Austin Hollins, who is a fair distributor himself. Hollins had six games of five or more assists last season, peaking with a 12-point, seven-rebound, six-dime effort against Northwestern.
Still, shooting guards are measured by their scoring ability, and Hollins wasn't called upon to dominate many games by shooting. Only three times did he score more than 15 points, but in those games, Hollins kept shooting because he was rolling.
Against Indiana, Michigan State and LaSalle, Hollins scored a total of 51 points on 19-of-29 shooting, including 6-of-12 from long range. While not often spectacular, his shooting was steady, with a .450/.370/.815 percentage line.
Hollins is often called upon as a defensive stopper, peaking in the NIT semifinals when he helped hold Washington's Tony Wroten to a wretched 4-for-16 shooting night. Granted, Wroten rarely needs help to have a bad shooting night, but that's a different story.
With Trevor Mbakwe returning as an offensive focus, Hollins will be the object of even less defensive attention. His raw scoring numbers may not impress by season's end, but look for him to produce on both ends when the Gophers need him to do so.