No consolation prize for Gophers in blowout loss

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 30, 2012 - 6:13 AM

An inspired postseason run ended with a thud as the Gophers got trounced in the NIT final.

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stcloudrobMar. 29, 12 8:13 PM

Very impressive!

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nomorebrewMar. 29, 12 8:17 PM

Get that extension ready before someone "steals" Orlando away! Although I hear Kentucky is happy to have their program back in the Final Four after he drove it into the ground.

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rafannonMar. 29, 12 8:18 PM

I think the Gophers forgot to show up... Never seen such a horrible game. No one played like they wanted to win

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stribbyMar. 29, 12 8:20 PM

The Gophers will be okay when Sampson III comes back.

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vlombardyMar. 29, 12 8:22 PM

Didn't see the game, but I'll bet the refs made it impossible for the Gophers to have any chance of winning. Been like that for the last 50 years or so for all Minnesota teams.

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goldengoph3rMar. 29, 12 8:24 PM

This loss if nothing else should put the Gophers' mini-run in the right perspective. This team, and coach Smith, have a LOT of work left to gain respectability. No extensions were earned, no Big Ten titles or automatic Final Four births next season are in the offing. Whether Smith is the coach after this season or the following is a serious question that has to be asked, because this game against an average Stanford team exposed many weaknesses, both in the lineup and coaching staff.

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oaktree68Mar. 29, 12 8:25 PM

Me thinks they were content with getting to the champ er chumpionship game.

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efrik1Mar. 29, 12 8:26 PM

Crapple in the Apple, flattened in Manhatten. Can anyone PULEASE tell me what offense they were running? Is it called "stand around and dribble the ball until someone takes it away"?Wow, frickin wow.

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JABACABMar. 29, 12 8:27 PM

NO CONTRACT EXTENSION.

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shanenordMar. 29, 12 8:28 PM

How does Rodney not score in the second half? From what I saw of the offense was all anybody ever did was run to the top of the key and get a pass. Thats it. It looked like 5th graders out there.

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