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MINNEAPOLIS -- Much is expected from Minnesotas Jordan Murphy this year. Christian Kirk Jersey .After struggles in the teams first two games, he was dominant Wednesday night.The sophomore scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds and the Gophers pulled away to beat Mount St. Marys 80-56.The Gophers, 3-0 for the first time in three years, also got 13 points each from Dupree McBrayer and Nate Mason.Minnesota, which shot 57.4 percent, also had a 46-25 rebounding edge.There was a lot of good, said Gophers coach Richard Pitino. Our post offense was really good; our passing out of the post was really good.A member of the Big 10 All-Freshman team last year, Murphy totaled 17 points on 5 of 17 shooting in wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas-Arlington.Every time you step on the court its a new chance to see where youre at skill-wise . and just see how you can impact the game, said Murphy, who was 8 of 9 from the field.Sometimes he lets certain things zap his energy, whether hes confused by something or whatever, Pitino said. We just talked about playing through that is the most important thing.Junior Robinson scored 16 points to lead Mount St. Marys (0-3), which fell to 0-18 all-time against Big Ten teams. Elijah Long had 11 points and 5 rebounds.The Mountaineers were 7 of 27 on 3-pointers.This is the game where you got to make 14 to 15 threes. We are more than capable of doing that, but we are just coming up short right now and not having enough guys stepping in and knocking them down, said coach Jamion Christian.With Minnesota up 49-42, Murphy scored on a dunk, blocked a 3-pointer by Will Miller and scored on another dunk 5 seconds later. After a media timeout, he scored on a putback for a 13-point lead with 11:10 to play.Back-to-back 3-pointers by Akeem Springs pushed the lead to 19. He and Amir Coffey each finished with 10 points.We dont look at individually how we do, Mason said. Were just looking for the win.FREE THROW CONCERNSMinnesota was 14 of 23 from the free-throw line after shooting 72.2 percent in its first two games.Its early in the season I think feeling comfortable up there, Pitino said. Just got to be confident, stick to the routine.NOT GETTING TURNOVERSLast season, Mount St. Marys forced at least 17 turnovers in a game 18 times and 20 or more on eight occasions. In three games this season, the Mountaineers have forced an average of 12.3: West Virginia and Minnesota had 13 and Iowa State had 11.BIG PICTUREMount St. Marys: The Mountaineers live and die playing up-tempo, with an aggressive full-court pressure on defense and an offense that likes to shoot from beyond the arc. Mount St. Marys showed flashes on both ends, but needs to be more consistent, especially against teams with bigger post players.Minnesota: The Gophers, who went 8-23 last year, including home losses to mid-majors South Dakota, South Dakota State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, continue to advantageously use their depth. This was the third straight game at least five Gophers finished in double figures.UP NEXTMount St. Marys continues its season-opening nine-game road trip Friday at George Mason (1-1) of the Atlantic 10. Mount St. Marys has lost 14 straight non-conference road games.Minnesota is expected to have a tough test Friday when the Gophers welcome St. Johns as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. It will conclude a stretch of three games in five nights at home. The Red Storm (2-0) beat Binghamton 77-61 Monday. Hakeem Butler Cardinals Jersey . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. Hakeem Butler Jersey . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. http://www.nflcardinalsrookiestore.com/Cardinals-Zach-Allen-Jersey/ . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69. Group 1 racing returned to Melbourne with a double header at Caulfield, where the 1800 metres proved no issue whatsoever for Black Heart Bart as the Darren Weir juggernaut rolled on with victory in the Underwood Stakes. With three wins at the top level in his past five starts, and finishing second in the other two, the six-year-old gelding proved hes a serious performer as the distances increase.Ridden by Brad Rawiller, the $2.25 UBET favourite beat home the Hayes and Dabernig-trained He Or She -- who continues to impress -- with Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Lucia Valentina in third.The Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400-metres saw Ciaron Maher train his seventh career Group 1 winner as Bon Aurum had the race conditions pan out just to his liking.Bon Aurum, with just 52kg on his back, settled nicely in the second half of the field, finished strongly and fended off the Weir-trained Voodoo Lad ($3.80) who was shooting for a treble of wins.Legless Veuvue was a firmer ($17 into $12) in betting before the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and delivered accordingly for trainer Stuart Webb. She is one of about 15 horses in work for Webb, who believed she would be at her peak in three weeks time as she still showed signs of her winter coat.New Zealander Tony Pike wasnt expecting Sacred Elixir to be ready to win over 1400 metres, but the Group 1 J.J. Atikins Stakes winner in Brisbane in June was too good for his opposition in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude.Headline ActsBlack Heart Bart and Darren Weir: How does he do it? Darren Weir has more than 100 horses in work at any one time. Its a very big business and it is such a feat how he manages to notch so many winners week after week, including a treble on Saturday at Caulfield.The doubts whether Bart would be as effective at a mile and beyond were cast well aside after his stylish 2.5-length win. It shows that his second-placing to Palentino in the Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600 metres at Flemington a fortnight ago was just down to Palentino excelling at that track, and that Black Heart Bart might -- as Weir put it - have presented too early in the run that day.Weir said he never had any doubt over the six-year-olds ability to be just as good over the longer distances, but he mentioned the horse wasnt fully tuned up yet and there was still more improvement to come. The Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on Oct. 8 will be his next outing.Ciaron Maher: A bumper Spring Carnival may just have kicked off for the Maher stable with Bon Aurums Rupert Clarke victory. ESPNs feature last week, showed how there are some very exciting prospects still to come over the next six weeks.Talking PointsFacing the breeze head on: When visiting the Caulfield track next time, look towards the outside rail at about the 450-metres mark. Attached high on a pole is a very strategically placed yellow windsock. In the straight run of about 500-metres toward the home turn, there can often be a stiff breeze blowing towards the oncoming field. Cover in the run can often be a real advantage for those horses sitting off the pace.The breeze on Saturday was substantial enough to be noticeable, and it made the task of leading throughout and winning nearly impossible. Bon Aurum was one such beneficiary. Patiently ridden, as described by Maher, Bon Aurum was able to get the required protection from that headwind to save his best for last.Xtravagant was a failure once again finishing 12th behind Bon Aurum. Damien Oliver commented that he just wasnt coming up as expected this time, but facing the breeze while leading along the railway side wouldnt have helped.In the Rupert Clarke post-script, winning rider Kerrin McEvoy said that questions remained over whether Bon Aurum would be as effective over a mile or further. It will pay to keep a close watch.Taking on Winx:?Bring it on, Brad Rawiller said when assked about how Black Heart Bart would measure up against Winx in the Cox Plate. Byron Murphy Womens Jersey. Second-placed aboard He Or She, Craig Williams was just as effusive in his assessment of Darren Weir causing a Cox Plate upset result.Wound in from $21 to $14 for the Oct. 22 weight-for-age feature, Weir was confident on Saturday that the 2040 metres at Moonee Valley would pose as little concern as the 1800 metres at Caulfield.EyecatchersRoyal Rapture: Winning form is good form. It is a very old racetrack cliche but it is spot on as far as Royal Rapture is concerned. Set aside the exceptions like Black Caviar and Winx, but horses just dont win five successive metropolitan races in the modern day. Starting at $3.30 -- which was a very unpopular result for bookmakers -- this Weir-trained seven-year-old has done just that across Flemington, Moonee Valley and now Caulfield.Weir said post-race that Royal Rapture was helped by Mihany kicking away at the top of the straight, and the resulting chase saw Royal Rapture stretch out nicely in running to take victory. Royal Rapture will now step up to Group 1 company in the Toorak Handicap over 1600 metres at Caulfield on Oct.8, when he may be one not to overlook with a light weight.Sacred Elixir: Another winner on the day but this gelding threw himself into Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) calculations with his unexpected victory; unexpected as far as Tony Pike was concerned anyway. Some punters were left lamenting their carelessness in overlooking his Group 1-winning class, especially starting at $8.50 with UBET.Pike and jockey Damien Lane agreed that Sacred Elixir would only get better over further. Most of all, we now know that he can handle the Caulfield circuit that has often brought a good three-year-old undone. Sacred Elixir was a mover in UBETs Caulfield Guineas market firming from $5.50 into $5.BlackbookersMissrock: She was unlucky at Flemington and circumstances failed to favour her once again in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m). Settling at the rear of the field and ridden very quietly by Dwayne Dunn, the Robbie Laing-trained filly began weaving her way through the field in the straight. Openings continually closed on her over the final 300 metres, but, once clear, only 50-metres from the line, she made late ground still to finish sixth.There is every reason to suggest that Missrock will be a live chance in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on Oct. 15, for which UBET rate her at $13.Lucia Valentina: It may seem obvious to blackbook a horse who is already a Group 1 winner on two occasions, but this is more just a reminder not to forget her. Since her last trip to Melbourne, where she won over 2000 metres at Group II level, she has won in Hong Kong and Randwick over the same distance at Group 1 and her run-on third placing in the Underwood suggested shes getting back to that level of best. Lucia Valentina is currently a $15 chance with UBET for the Cox Plate, which will be her next start.FlopsWhispering Brook: Forgiven for running second at her first Victorian start at Moonee Valley a fortnight earlier, punters rallied behind the Perth-based Simon Miller-trained filly. Backed from $5 into $2.05, Whispering Brook led for much of the 1400 metres trip before wilting in the straight. Was she a victim of leading into that strong headwind? Either way, jockey Nick Hall said post-race that he would have liked to see more from her in the finish.Archives: Forgive this one or not? Archives was a drifter in betting from $3.90 to $5 but was still well-fancied by analysts. Jockey Craig Williams commented that this Godolphon-owned colt was very aggressive in the run and burnt too much petrol too early together with being hampered at the 600 metres mark. ' ' ' 
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