STrib: Gophers newcomer Liam Robbins standing tall in Big Ten so far


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Nov 11, 2008
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When Liam Robbins arrived at the University of Minnesota for the first time in the summer, he was literally the biggest man on campus.

"He's all of 7 feet," Gophers coach Richard Pitino said after he first watched workouts of the Drake transfer at the team's practice facility.

In recent Gophers history, there haven't been many true 7-footers, certainly not ones that have made an immediate impact like Robbins, who was just named Oscar Robertson national player of the week. The junior helped lead Minnesota to victories over two ranked opponents last week and will match up with Michigan's 7-1 Hunter Dickinson when the teams meet Wednesday in Ann Arbor.

The No. 16 Gophers (10-2) will look to hand the No. 10 Wolverines (9-0) their first loss, and it could be another game decided in the paint.

"You've got to embrace Liam Robbins," Pitino said. "You've got to post [Robbins] up. You've got to throw it down there. The college game is different from the pros. Big men can do very well if they embrace the physicality of the game."

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