Williams leads way in Gophers' latest rout

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 16, 2012 - 6:40 AM

The senior needed stitches after an elbow to the face but still did nice work on both ends of the floor vs. Tennessee State.

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ryantonNov. 15, 12 9:57 PM

Good win in that they blow out the teams that they are supposed to. Definitely, they need to work on their free throws as 60% will not do against the upper echelon teams such as Duke in the near future. For some reasons, Tubby's teams seem to have problem making free throws. Nice to see Andre increasing his scoring load as he has been slow out of the gate.

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garagewineNov. 15, 1210:56 PM

Good to see the guys gaining some momentum early on and I hope Rodney can keep playing at the level he currently is. Sunday's game against Richmond should be the first real test for this squad. I'm looking forward to it.

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afurry91Nov. 15, 1211:27 PM

We should have no trouble getting to 4-0 going in to the Duke game. We'll find out a lot about this team when they go down to Atlantis to take on the Dukies. Win or lose a nailbiter and expectations are raised. Lose big and Tubby's squad will have alot to prove come Big Ten season.

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markdandersoNov. 15, 1211:36 PM

For the first three games, the Gopher opponents combined, have shot around 26%. I would say that is pretty tough defense. Good to see some 3 point shots made this evening. Good luck in the coming stretch of games - there will be a different set of circumstances to contend with. Looking forward to it. Go Gophers!!!!

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hobie2Nov. 16, 1212:44 AM

I got to watch the game... It is the very same plays and very same strategy as before the NIT, the same plays and strategy of the past four years outside of the NIT -- and it isn't looking good for the season... The center is out 20 feet from the basket again, and the gophers are playing four on five offense again. MN shooting threes because the lanes are clogged because Smith has the center out on the three line, letting the defense collapse the court on our inside offense... The plays for Eliason are the same as the plays for Iverson - passer and defender, and it was obvious that he is to kick the ball out to a shooter if he is close to the basket EVEN WHEN OPEN. And believe me, I was looking for even one play that was not the old ball of the past few years.. Like Sampson had his, Walker had scoring plays on the post, and not once were those plays ever run for Eliason ... We will not do well in the Big Ten conference handicapping our center like that - and what is disturbing is that the kid can shoot and do post(he shot better than most MN players in their respective state tournaments), but he looks out for a kickback first, confidently and with no hesitation - meaning he has been told to and he is doing as told.... Platooning is back, and the same mistakes by the same players. 6th in the Big Ten? Not with that strategy. Izzo and the rest will eat Smith alive. Smith didn't learn a thing from the NIT run.

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comment229Nov. 16, 12 4:41 AM

Sorry, and I do hope the best for this team, but they have played nobody yet. I don't care if they lose to a good division one team, if it is close and competitive, but why do they think Minnesotans are going to get excited about beating up lesser teams every single year when all they are trying to do, is pad the win column to make it to the NCAA dance, or, the "other one."

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jtrain991Nov. 16, 12 7:14 AM

we have the 23rd toughest schedule in the country this yr. all the good teams play a bunch of garbage opponents, so to single out the gophers as trying to pad the win column to make the big dance is a really dumb statement.

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kindaliberalNov. 16, 12 8:14 AM

JTRAIN, your right. HOBIE2, kind of early for gloom and doom this year aren't you? Possibly when the Gophs KNOW they are going to win, they also try working on some things too. I guess Amelia must be lying to us when she says the Gophs have been running and pressing. The results so far seem to indicate something less than wholesale despair. But I haven't seen any games yet so of course I will defer to your basketball expertise.

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LeftydNov. 16, 12 8:50 AM

I agree ryanton...free throw shooting and shooting in general will be two of the keys to the Gophers success. I don't expect them to shoot 80% as a team...but, how about 70-75%. Sixty percent or so at the line isn't going to cut it, especially in the upcoming tough games, Duke for example, and the closer Big-ten battles where every trip to the line is so key. I still question how well this team will shoot at the free throw line for the most part, except Andre Hollins and a few others. Go Gophers! :-)

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jackpinesavNov. 16, 12 8:57 AM

Every day...finish with free-throws!!

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