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Posted on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

Minnesota has had its share of issues, Jordan Dumars injured again and more

By Michael Rothstein

Michigan may be going through a five-game losing streak, but it isn’t the only basketball team with issues. Just look at Minnesota, which visits Crisler Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Golden Gophers, one of the more surprising teams in the Big Ten this season, have still had problems of their own.

Reserve point guard Devoe Joseph transferred at mid-season. Forward Trevor Mbakwe was arrested earlier this month for violating a harassment restraining order. Starters Al Nolen and Rodney Williams have dealt with injuries. Oh, and Minnesota (14-4, 3-3) played four of its first five Big Ten games against ranked teams.

“It’s been a rough little road for us starting off the Big Ten. We’ve played at some really tough places,” Nolen said. “It’s been tough having guys transfer and guys being in trouble. It’s kind of hit us and it’s been a tough start for the Big Ten.”

Nolen and senior guard Blake Hoffarber have tried to keep the rest of their team focused on basketball, where Minnesota is trying to hang on to early-season momentum and turn it into a NCAA tournament berth.

Hoffarber said because Minnesota went through issues last season — Nolen had academic trouble and Royce White legal problems — helped he and Nolen navigate this year’s crises.

“We’ve stayed away from it this year because last year we know it really affected our team,” Hoffarber said. ”Focusing on that too much. Also, we realized, and no excuses, we had a tough little stretch there that not many teams can win in.

“That being said, we have a long road ahead of us and to accomplish our goal we have to keep playing our game.”

Morris and Beilein are OK Darius Morris and John Beilein both said they’ve moved on from the small incident no one will talk about that caused Morris to lose his starting spot against Purdue on Dec. 28.

On Friday, Morris said he and his coach are getting along OK and he learned from the mistake he won’t discuss.

“I think we’re fine. Just things I learned from, made a couple mistakes and that’s what coaches are here for, to correct my mistakes and make me a better person on the court and off the court. So he’s just doing his job,” Morris said. “It’s like being in a family, you’re going to have a disagreement but your parents are always right.

“This is the same way.”

Dumars done Michigan sophomore forward Jordan Dumars looks like he’ll be sitting the rest of the season.

The son of Detroit Pistons legend Joe Dumars had another knee surgery Thursday after doctors found another tear in his right knee. Dumars had minor knee surgery before the season while he sat out for the first semester after transferring from South Florida.

“He will not be playing at all right now,” Beilein said. “I think he’s in a brace, actually.”

Beilein said Dumars will not be at Michigan’s game Saturday against Minnesota and could be out four more weeks — essentially guaranteeing he will redshirt this season. Dumars did not travel to Indiana or Northwestern.

“He said it didn’t feel right the whole time he was back,” Beilein said. “Obviously, he was right.”

Orr honored Former Michigan coach Johnny Orr is being honored Saturday night as part of the school’s Hall of Honor. Orr coached at Michigan from 1968-80, going 209-113 and leading the Wolverines to four straight NCAA tournament berths from 1974-77.

He left for Iowa State in 1980 and retired in 1994.

Orr, though, won’t be in Ann Arbor on Saturday due to travel issues. One of his former players, Wayman Britt, will accept the award on his behalf.

This and that Tip-off time for Michigan's game against Iowa on Feb. 19 has been set at 4:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. … In the Junge Champions Center, Michigan has removed Rich Rodriguez from its mural wall, replacing him with Lloyd Carr. … Beilein said he isn't planning on making alterations to Michigan's starting lineup. ... According to reports, Minnesota may start Mbakwe for the first time since his early January arrest.

Michael Rothstein covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.