Change at the point; freshman Ahanmisi likely to start

  • Article by: MYRON P. MEDCALF , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2011 - 6:53 AM

Coach Tubby Smith will likely start freshman Maverick Ahanmisi at point guard Wednesday at Northwestern and move Blake Hoffarber back to shooting guard..

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schusterMar. 2, 11 6:24 AM

Everyone needs to just ease up on these young men. Look at the big picture, 99.99% of college players want to play pro ball and these young men are just emulating the actions of the pro's at Target Center. Try learning how to shoot a free throw would be a nice start. But free throws are never the highlight of Sportscenter. Dunks are what young basketball players see on highlights every night. Defense, teamwork, assists all are forgotten for the almighty dunk.

killbillyMar. 2, 11 6:41 AM

What sounds better, 12 Loss Tubby or Dozen Loss Tubby?

tdaniels29Mar. 2, 11 7:13 AM

Seriously, does anyone really care at this point?? This move/experiment should have been done long before we had no hope of reaching the NCAA tournament. Good foresight Tubby!

BurntsideMar. 2, 11 7:51 AM

As long as there's nothing to lose, how about switching Williams and Sampson? Sampson is a better outside shooter and weaker on the boards than Williams. Williams is comfortable down low and can't handle the ball on the perimeter.

styxbillMar. 2, 11 8:14 AM

Tubby's statement "this moves puts everybody back at their natural positions" says it all. We screwed our season up by trying to fit a square peg into a round hole personnel wise. It didn't help that Iverson hasn't made a shot from the floor in a month and that Sampson has continued to be about as strong as a tub of goo lately. This season will be defined by Tubby's lack of awareness of his teams strengths and weaknesses and smart use of the personnel he was left with.

mdw4440Mar. 2, 1110:16 AM

Tubby after 7 of 8 losses has finally broke his "stubbornness"! I don't get it! Its TOO LATE! Unbelievable! Even one game ago might have gotten them to 9 conference wins. Now Blake will never get big ten point guard of the year(I dont mean to put Blake down by the way).

notsidMar. 2, 1110:41 AM

They will lose once again tonight getting quickly behind and then trying to claw their way back perhaps even to take a led before again relying on poor shot selection, unforced turnovers, individual versus team play and undisciplined play to find a way to lose again en route to a 6-11 conference record and the opportunity to make it 6-12 in their final game against Penn State. They might have had a chance to finish 9-9 in conference with Nolen although the heavy choking in the second half against a very mediocre Virginia team indicated that finishing that high was even somewhat problematic. They have lost game after game by choking in the final 4-5 minutes. I expect nothing different tonight and do not plan to watch the game given how predictable will be their play as well as the inevitable loss. With or without Nolen, they are simply not a very good team as was clearly shown in the Virginia game several weeks ago.

WRITRUTHMar. 2, 1111:04 AM

Coach Smith is a wily, in-your-face type of coach. With the unpredictable injury to Nolen and Joseph's decision to quit on his team, we've been left with a shortage of seasoned point guards. Smith has tried a number of methods to motivate his remaining available players. I'll take Smith's judgment about the management of his players over all of the sky-is-falling critics on this site. Sweep the last two conference games and win at least two Big 10 Tournament games and we will be dancing. And for Smith-haters like killbill, how do you like the sound of 20-Win Tubby? Ski-u-mah!

klischMar. 2, 1111:10 AM

Too late for this. Hopefully they can go far int the NIT.

bizzle22Mar. 2, 1111:17 AM

I like the sound of 20-win Tubby. Hope Kentucky is enjoying slimy Calipari. They are paying him 1.5 million dollars more per year than Tubby and they have 8 losses to our 11. I'd rather save the $1.5M a year and take the extra three losses from a classy head coach who doesn't tolerate misbehavior and lack of effort in the classroom.


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