Welch growing into his larger role for Gophers

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2011 - 5:53 PM

The junior college transfer, slowed by a bum ankle earlier this year, is emerging as an emotional leader.

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podman64Dec. 14, 11 6:20 AM

Again nice win over a team they should beat. The team moved better, once they went to the full court press. Tubby has a number of players with equal talent and should put the pressure on from beginning to end, to wear other teams down. With better ball movement, they were able to get better looks at the 3. One more game to try to eliminate turn overs, which will hurt in the Big 10. Go Gophers!

notsidDec. 14, 11 8:04 AM

Gophers played well once again albeit against lesser opposition than they will face in the Big Ten beginning with Illinois in a few days. Good to see that Williams go several rebounds but a bit concerned that the CM folks shut down his offensive output. That does not bode well for how effective he will be against the teams from the top of the conference including the Fighting Illini. Their big guys will probably eat his lunch down there in Champaign-Urbana in early January in the big round building. On the other hand, that game will be a good test for Williams and his team mates and the result will give us an idea of how good they actually are or are not once they face better opponents. Reaching .500 in conference play for the first time in his tenure here appears to be quite a reach for the Tubster at this point in time. On the other hand, it is going take nine or ten conference wins to even be considered for the NCAA in March, something that will likely be hard for the lads to accomplish once again.

gilbe452Dec. 14, 11 8:40 AM

Welch is a good shooter, but he made some pretty awful passes last night that resulted in turnovers. I also noticed when he had other guys open for the 3's he wasn't laying it off, rather taking a few selfish shots himself...a couple he missed, when Hollins or Armelin may have sank the 3. I guess its not that big of a deal when youre up by 20, but they won't be up by 20 in any game in the big 10, and those missed shots can make or break the game. On another note it was nice to see Ahanmisi play better, and sink those back to back 3's. Earlier this season I dont think he could have played on most high school teams, but he had a solid outting last night so I hope for him that play is here to stay!

mt8791Dec. 14, 11 9:56 AM

The Gophers look kind of rough around the edges but I like the energy that seems to be growing each game. Yes, they were expected to beat Central Michigan but that is a pretty good mid-level program, with 4 NCAA appearances, and though a young team, if the Gophers had let them hang around deep into the second half, the Chippewas had some guys who could hit 3s and it could have gotten dicey. One thing,however, really drives me nuts: after an opponent steals the ball and is going in for a breakaway layup DON'T FOUL AND GIVE HIM A CHANCE FOR A 3-POINT PLAY!!!

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