Gophers' NIT run gets chatter going once again

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2012 - 12:38 AM

Three road victories have gotten the U to New York City and are generating talk about their improvement.

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stuckincheesMar. 22, 1210:36 PM

With Trevor coming back next year. If Tubby could bring in some bigs they would be set next year.

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wisstinks2Mar. 22, 1211:10 PM

There are so many differences to this team now than in November. Missing Mbakwae has been a big shift, finally finding a PG who can control the game has been huge. The emergence of Mr. Rodney "high flyer" Williams has been one of the biggest improvements. Losing Ralph in the middle has been odd at best. What can you say, he might help the team win the NIT when its all said and done. The others, Welch, Hollins, Oto, Elliott, Andre Ingram, Mav and Chip all have gotten better.

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wisstinks2Mar. 22, 1211:36 PM

This is a different team now, shorter rotation and top 7-8 guys stepping up. Andre Ingram vs. Miami football player was great to watch. That dude headbutted Oto on purpose. Dirty player got waht he deserved, going home to watch on TV while we move on. I hope they give Washington, who should have been in the NCAA for winning the PAC12, what the heck, and game and maybe even beat the huskies.

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peeonyeeMar. 22, 1211:53 PM

The biggest difference is for these guys to battle together for an entire season. Coleman, Dre, and EE are essentially new this season and they are three of the starting five. Building chemistry as a team on the floor is huge, the "x" factor.

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bobo72Mar. 23, 1212:53 AM

I love this run. People always rip on teams that don't make the NCAA, but this is a good field, and it's fun to watch the Gophers play in this competitive but lower key tournament. Face it, only one team wins the NIT, and it is a worthy tournament, and it's fun to watch these tournament games on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. This is good stuff.

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gcrackerMar. 23, 12 7:26 AM

Hope the Gophers win the NIT crown so they can have bragging rights for being the 69th best team in the country. Woo-hoo!

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oldmannickelMar. 23, 12 7:33 AM

Tubby should've shortened up his bench long ago. He should implement that coaching philosophy as soon as they hit the B1G schedual.

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podman64Mar. 23, 12 8:44 AM

Said it all season and glad to see Quincy Lewis point out how the team is playing through mistakes with a shorter bench. Also RS3's lackluster style rubbed off on others and Eliason fits in much better. The top 7 along with Walker and Mbakwe, should make for an interesting season next year.

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dv1958Mar. 23, 12 9:22 AM

Their biggest "improvement" is having Sampson sit on the bench.

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hobie2Mar. 23, 1211:08 AM

Two things happened that will fix any team - someone to take the offensive pressure, and someone to take the defensive pressure - and you could see it happen with the gophers -- On offense it is the point guard position-- Dre Hollins did what good point guards do - and the team looks to him to be the point and now trusts him, and they fit into what he does. And when you trust your point, you can let it all hang out to finish the play... On defense, it is the middle - Eliason, with Rodney - the team looks to him to own the middle, and now they trust him and thus they fit in to what he does. When you have a big who can defend the middle, you can then live in the face of the perimeter players and defend them much better, because even if they get by you, they won't do damage at the rim - and playing perimeter, you can block the back-passing lane instead of the driving lane if someone not your man is driving. And when you come to help the man in the middle, once you know what he can do, you fill in the gaps with confidence. You can see EE and Rodney are a team... This team turned with Hollins and Eliason.... Then Rodney could let it all hang out, and Austin could do what he does and not be careful - those two are playing better because it's not all on them any more - they have Hollins and Eliason as "emotional-physical-team" back-up - so they can comfortably push the envelope of their own play.

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