U's upset bid never materializes

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2012 - 7:00 AM

Playing Michigan State at Breslin Center continued to confound the Gophers, who saw Tom Izzo record his 400th career victory.

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olcoach73Jan. 25, 1210:22 PM

Guys battled their butts off. Just didn't have the size and bulk to keep up with Green, Nix and Payne underneath.

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peterson537Jan. 25, 1211:39 PM

They had no shot the way that game was called. Draymond Green was treated like Michael Jordan. He travelled, he pushed, he flailed. He hit Rodney with an elbow and Rodney got called for the foul. Green and Mbakwe would have been one for the ages. I give Rodney credit, he kept fighting.

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atlmikeJan. 26, 1212:00 AM

RS3 plays with the aggressiveness of a water polo player who doesn't like to get his face wet.

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hobie2Jan. 26, 1212:08 AM

We're back to the Tubby ball we had the end of last year. I am not bothered if they get beat if they play well, but inept coaching and coaching bias that hurts the team? - that is unforgivable. Tubby ball that lost so many last year is back -- player 1 is in and clearly outmatched, gophers fall behind... Player 2 goes in for player 1 and the lead closes steadily for four minutes... player 1 goes back in for ten and their lead again increases.. player 2 goes in for player 1 for four and the lead closes again.. player 1 back in and lead opens.. player 3 instead of player 2 goes in for player 1 and lead really opens up. It's like Smith never looks at team play, just team plays -- although, if he looked at individual play, he would never put in player 3 who left his man open one out of two and blew the defense by slow assignment in most of the others, didn't clip the lob, didn't block out. I swear Smith has zero clue about what breaks his defense because he benches the people who make team defense flow and work... The unspoken reason Cobb and Joseph and part of the rest left is back, and it wasn't defense -- and Eliason is being Iversoned for it. What a waste. Just a waste. I'm done watching Smith's teams.

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eurekajonJan. 26, 1212:40 AM

This team, coached by Tubby, is in need of new asst. to bring new life and teaching to these guys. Instead, Tubby stays with the same 5 asst. he came with and the results show. No teaching players to get better. I've ask this before. What does Jay Pivac have to do to get his credit for being a winning coach and teacher of the game. Where ever he goes, he wins, and generally with little talent. Tubby-----------------------you need new ASSISTANTS COACHES to get thur to your TEAM!!!!!!!!!!

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Daniel888Jan. 26, 1212:54 AM

The Gophers mechanical offensive plays were painful to watch. Basketball should be free flowing with players allowed to make individual moves to get open. It is obvious that they are beaten over the head with GETTING THE PLAYS RIGHT which takes all the creativity out of it. Having said that, I love the way Coleman plays. Williams was hot at first but they didn't get the ball to him. Hey Coach, watch the game and go accordingly. After Williams hit his two 3's, they went back to the same, slow, painful, forced passes. No wonder guys pack up and leave. Open up that boring offensive set you run. Guys are left waiting for the next guy to move so they can make the next pre-designed pass. It's amazing they play as well as they do with that hanging over their head. RS3 was like a feather in the wind out there. I'd love to have seen Mbakwe or Maurice out there. Who is telling RS3 he has a future in the NBA? One more gripe, why does Tubby insist on playing the whole bench? He's running it like a Rec. league where every kid gets to play 2 quarters. With this slow moving offense, no wonder Maverick has digressed and looks frustrated and makes bad passes. Open up that stinking offense. Let the kids move on there own and have some fun.

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pllouwagieJan. 26, 12 3:14 AM

I believe Minnesota has the talent, but they don't have the coaching. I think they were totally intimidated by MS. They were slow to pass the ball. They were back to the "stop, look, and listen" (once they got the ball) on the perimeter. They didn't move the ball fast enough for the guards to be able to penetrate and dish (create chaos). Of course they can't do this because they don't have a plan on offense. They don't know were anyone else on the court is at any given time. Did you notice that the guards were fouled by MS every time they drove? Why didn't they drive more? I'm not a basketball guru, but I sometimes think I could coach better than Tubby.

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howlinjagsJan. 26, 12 3:15 AM

Strib - can you provide the score of games in the first paragraph of sports articles. I could not find the score anywhere in this article.

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ActTwoJan. 26, 12 6:16 AM

Like Gus Johnson of the Big 10 Network said, repeatedly, "Tubby's gotta get Ralph Sampson the third out of there, he's killing his team.".

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glenlivetJan. 26, 12 7:06 AM

This was a game Gophers would have been in with Mbakwe, and if Gophers had an AD that wasn't just playing out the string, this could have been a key win for Tubby. Flip is available again, he might listen. I think it would be easier for him to return to Williams Arena, and accomplish things beyond what he could do in the NBA.

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