Gophers close fast again to reach tourney final

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 25, 2011 - 11:05 PM

Just like the day before, the Gophers went small down the stretch, rallying from a second half deficit to defeat Indiana State.

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fwallenNov. 25, 11 8:28 PM

I can see good progress. We now have more than the "big three". There are still moments of disarray but they are less frequent and we are seeing better ball movement. Most of all, the players are all team oriented. Criticism of Tubby as a coach of his players is undeserved. GonGophers

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manoliveNov. 25, 11 9:30 PM

This team never gets down, they never quit. Great comeback win, guys. That said, they will have to up their game to the next level to compete in the Big 10. They're still jelling. Keep it up guys. You will get better. Goph Goers! Got ubby!

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mnsports255Nov. 25, 11 9:37 PM

3 words. GUARD THE PERIMETER! We gotta defend against the 3 point shot. Other teams feed on our inability to defend beyond the arc. At least now we know who our outside shooter will be! ANDRE HOLLINS CAN YOU SAY "MONEY"? 4-5 from beyond the arc today and he looks like he's gonna be a great outside shooter on a post-oriented team. Go win the championship and Go Gophers!

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dewarfNov. 25, 11 9:53 PM

Was Michael Rand even at the game? Or was he still lamenting the loss of Nathan? Apparently he didn't notice that the closing five consisted of the two Hollins (Andre and Austin), Trevor, Chip, and Julian. Down the stretch, Otto played as much as Williams. This was another 'no show' for RS3 and Rodney (tho more the former than latter). Turn on your DVR, Michael. Or better yet, let the new lady reporter file the report. She at least gets the facts right.

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hobie2Nov. 25, 1110:31 PM

I must have been watching a different game when the gophers took the leads - Rand might want to go back and chart scoring vs players on floor... and consider that running a 2010 style of spread basketball against a 2000s style usually beats running a 20 year old force-it-in 1990s style run against a 2000s style... again.

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sundevil612Nov. 26, 11 3:54 AM

Once again I will say... Julian Welch will be a good player for the U. I've seen him play before, and have seen that he is capable of getting into the lane and dishing or creating his own shots. I pray Tubby gets him going in the right direction, because if he does, we will compete.

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podman64Nov. 26, 11 7:06 AM

Finally some outside scoring, way to go. Iverson left because RS3 got more playing time with little to show for it. RS3 is still a no show and Iverson could have been a big help this year. Williams has little without the dunks that won't come in Big 10 games. It seems every game, the Gophs give up the 3 point shots early to help in rebounding, then come out later if teams are hitting, which could cost them.

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buccaneer44Nov. 26, 11 7:28 AM

Nice performance by the Gophers...Mr. Rand, when did you ever see Joe Nathan execute a 1-2-3- inning?? I can't remember the last time that has ever happened!!

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dwhoytNov. 26, 11 8:17 AM

Good to see a Smith coached team do well in an early tournament. Can they step it up and compete in the Big Tenn (12). We'll see! As far as the Colton Iverson comments he's gone and now that's ancient history. This is Sampson's chance to show that he can play if he thinks he's going to the NBA. Let's see you "bring it" kid!

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randmidNov. 26, 1110:02 AM

hey dewarf: my facts were correct. Not sure what game you were watching. I didn't say those five closed out the entire game, just that they were on the floor during the critical stretch in the second half when the Gophers started to make their run.

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