Reusse: Even with Knight at courtside, bedlam at Barn is mostly benign

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 1, 2011 - 12:02 PM

Those who recall edgy Big Ten basketball at Williams Arena know the U has work to do.

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hobie2Nov. 30, 1111:57 PM

Reread the article and then wonder why the barn isn't what it used to be... still wondering?

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fwallenDec. 1, 1112:59 AM

I was never a fan of Sid's buddy Bob Knight, but I have to admit he is the best coommentator I have ever heard describe a basketball game. He was fair to both teams and he was candid in his comment of individual players and some of the subelties of the game. Much, much better than the locals.

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steves59Dec. 1, 11 6:23 AM

I remember the old Mussleman era pregame warmup.It was a blast with globetrotter antics that would loosen up the players and juice up the crowd. I guess you're not allowed to have fun anymore.

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tonydungyDec. 1, 11 6:41 AM

The Barn used to rock and every Big Ten game was an event.It's not the same. Tubby hasnt produced. We used to have some big time players.Now, you get a loud cheer sometimes.In the 70's and 80's you would get chills down your back.I was there when Bobby Knight came to the Barn with his Indiana team. Talk about a war!!. I don't go anymore-it's just not the same.

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midwestgolfDec. 1, 11 6:54 AM

the barn still rocked when clem was here... (are we allowed to mention his name or should we pretend he never existed?) monson was a horrible coach and tubby....well, tubby is as out of touch with today's game as it gets. his style of play would have been slow in the 1950's and i'm sure he'd be in favor of eliminating the shot clock. want the fans to come back to the barn? bring in a coach that plays a style of basketball that kids want to play....and the recruits will come.

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rednusDec. 1, 11 7:38 AM

One of the most common traits of Tubby's teams is they can't SHOOT. That's a horrible issue to have in the game of basketball. Trent Tucker, Willie Burton, Voshon Lenard, Kevin McHale, and Mychal Thompson all helped get the Barn rocking with their offensive capability. Defense is important no doubt, but you gotta score to win.

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zimmermannDec. 1, 11 7:51 AM

Hey, Here is another great Gopher/Indiana memory from the Barn. I don't remember the exact year (sometime in the 90's) but I remember the result. I was there. The night the Gophers gave the Hoosiers their worse defeat in Hoosier history (look it up - it is a fact). Voshon Leonard rained threes from obscene distances and the Barn WAS ROCKING. Goph's beat the Hoosiers by 40+ points. Knight was so furious that he pulled his starters out of the game before halftime. I started attending Gopher games at Williams back in the 70's when they had McHale and Mychal Thompson and continued to go right up until I moved to South Carolina in the late 90's. Back in the day there was no better sport venue in the Twin Cities than Gopher basketball at the Barn.

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voner26Dec. 1, 11 8:04 AM

The Gophers played well enough to stay close and then close it out at the end. Tubby out coached the opposition. The Gophers need to learn how to shoot free throws. They could have salted it away by a much larger margin had they hit their free throws. Fortunately Tubby had the right player(Welch)on the floor with inbound plays designed to get the ball in his hands at the end. He is the Gophers best free throw shooter and made his free throws to win the game. Now the Tubby haters have to wait and hope for a Gopher loss so they can play thier woe me music again. Go Gophers!!!!!

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parikopDec. 1, 11 8:16 AM

Just like Pat Reusse to find the cloud in the silver lining. That was a good win for the Gophers!

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allsportsmnDec. 1, 11 8:31 AM

good point made by voner. Good use of a TO and designing a play to inbound the ball to the best FT shooter (Welch). But, Chip and Rodney HAVE to improve their free throw shooting. They are a liability to have on the floor in close games that come down to FT shooting.

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