Scoggins: Unmasked truth shows Buckeyes are bigger, better

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2012 - 1:12 PM

Ohio State lived up to its lofty ranking simply by putting its talent on display against the Gophers.

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PooOnUFeb. 15, 1212:21 AM

The Gophers outplayed the Buckeyes starting near the end of the first half. They seemed anxious and in awe of the Buckeyes. This should be a confidence boost rather than a disappointment. This Gophers team has proven it can play well against the top tier of the NCAA.

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philgorngieFeb. 15, 12 9:52 AM

Tubby is 37-48 in big Ten play. How much more would a competent AD have to see? Time to get a real coach in here

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Zekeman10Feb. 15, 1210:13 AM

Kentucky fans laughed when we signed on Tubby. We were glad to get him. But, they didn't call him Ten-loss Tubby for nothing in Lexington. If poster philgorngie is correct, Tubby's winning percentage in the Big 10 is at 44% over 5 years. That is nothing to write home about, and he is doing it with all his guys that he recruited - no holdover guys from the Monson era. I know they are a young team, but I think you give Tubby next year, since he lost Trevor this year, to see what his young team can do, and then you start to look for his replacement if nothing better than this is what we see in the 2012-2013 season.

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dumpigfarmerFeb. 15, 1211:13 AM

Can Mbakwe be elgible to play next year like they talked about during the Wisconsin game? Replacing Ralph with him would give real hope for next year!!!!! He should be elgible for atleast the Big Ten season and beyond!

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nomorebrewFeb. 15, 1211:37 AM

dumpigfarmer - a sixth year of eligibility is only granted for "missed opportunities to compete." Trevor chose to transfer from a 4-year school knowing that he would have to "miss" a season by having to sit out due to transfer rules. He "missed" another season due to a felony charge hanging over his head. The NCAA would laugh if the U tried to submit a waiver to grant him a sixth year. However, Maturi will probably do it anyway to avoid the wrath of Chubby and try to save face with the public, yet burn a bridge with the NCAA for the next time they submit a similar waiver.

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hjlazniFeb. 15, 1211:46 AM

LET ME TEACH YOU SOMETHING. SMITH DIVIDES THE TEAM INTO TWO EQUAL TEAMS AND STARTS ONE OF THESE TWO TEAMS. MANY TIMES HE SUBSTITUTES THE COMPLETE SECOND TEAM FOR THE FIRST TEAM. AT OTHER TIMES HE PLAYS THE PLAYERS FROM BOTH TEAMS TO TRY TO PLACE THE GOPHERS BEST POSSIBLE TEAM ON THE FLOOR, IN SMITH'S OPINION. THIS SYSTEM IS NOT EXPOSED UNTIL YOU PLAY A TEAM THAT IS EQUAL OR BETTER. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, AS IT DID AGAINST OHIO STATE LAST NIGHT, THE GOPHERS GET DESTROYED AT THE START OF THE EACH HALF AND HAVE TO PLAY CATCH UP. THE GOPHER TEAM WITH ELIASON, RODNEY, WELSH AND AUSTIN HOLLINS AND A FIFTH PLAYER IS CLEARLY THEIR BEST TEAM AND THIS TEAM ACTUALLY OUTSCORED OHIO STATE DURING THEIR TIME ON THE FLOOR. IT IS SO CLEAR THAT SMITH'S SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK AGAINST GOOD COMPETITION AND HOPEFULLY THE NEW AD WILL CLEAM UP THIS MESS BEFORE NEXT SEASON.

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recker2312Feb. 15, 1212:09 PM

Ladies and gentlemen- Its Tubby Time!

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arramsFeb. 15, 1212:32 PM

The Gophers can play well against the top tier NCAA teams?? Maybe for a couple of minutes each half, but no way are they even a bubble team unless they win all of their last games and at least 2, maybe 3 games in the B10 tourney. The Gophers usually play hard but they just aren't that good. A few Rodney slams make a highlight reel but that's about it.

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oldmannickelFeb. 15, 1212:32 PM

The best part of that game was when they showed the slow-motion replay of Dre Hollins smoking that ball off of Sullinger's gut and Sullinger's expression. Getting Big Mo back next year is going to help improve the depth this team has at the big position.

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arramsFeb. 15, 1212:36 PM

The Gophers may not win another game this season. You can't just play well in bursts of a couple of minutes against good teams.

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