Souhan: Gophers couldn't handle Burke no matter his uniform number

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2013 - 11:59 AM
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jsimple3Jan. 17, 1310:34 PM

That's the third time this year I've watched a college game where a player had to change numbers when they ripped or got blood on a uniform. You'd think with the Nike contracts and the millions of dollars they make for the schools they'd have a second uniform ready "just in case"? Michigan is a top five team and Gophers are a top 15. They have three players who will play a long time in the NBA, and we have a few who might make an NBA roster if they're lucky. That's the difference.

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badgerfan2Jan. 17, 1310:47 PM

Hollins made a crucial basket with two seconds left to cut the lead under double digits, to get the gophers the all important moral victory.

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gps1010Jan. 17, 1310:55 PM

Actually, the difference was coaching. What is it with Tubby's obsessive need to start rotating players in only two minutes into a game? This isn't JV where you're under the obligation to make sure everyone gets in the game or someone's parents might get upset. Put your best players on the floor and keep them there until they're in foul trouble or on the brink of exhaustion. If Amisi were to never see the floor again we ought to consider it a form of public service. He's like Wile E. Coyote every time he's on the court -- yet another Div. III prospect with no business getting a scholarship to a Div. I school that Tubby recruited on account he wouldn't get any other scholarship offers otherwise. Moreover, Sir Tubelot, try teaching you players to move without the basketball. For crying out loud, it's as though there's four players competing to see who can get the most pigeons to land on them on every offensive series. The crowd was pumped for this one, and the Gophers were flat and apathetic. Even Dick Vitale lost interest with ten minutes still left in the game!

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melonicityJan. 17, 1311:03 PM

we are not as good as michigan and that was clear but tubby and his half court chaos offense doesnt help. i understand that without tubby we wouldnt have some of these players but still...his teams are just plain hard to watch offensively, tonight once again was no exception.

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hobie2Jan. 18, 1312:19 AM

Not to take anything away from Burke, but an eighth grade point guard can look like a genius against a team of slow footed inside men who can't read plays and play defense... For all Smith's preaching about defense winning games, he sure doesn't back it up in the inside game... And it's not like it's even close on who can team-defend and who can't... Just watch the tape and see when (and who was defending) when the lanes at the paint were wide open for Michigan and herds of maize were running down them, and see when (and who) was in when the lanes were not open - even open once... Smith is right about defense wins games - but he sure doesn't practice what he preaches inside with this team.

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hobie2Jan. 18, 1312:21 AM

Yes, Smith has the players with the tools - he doesn't use them where it counts. Just like the past five years, for whatever reason.

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videowarriorJan. 18, 13 6:12 AM

To mix in a quote from good 'ol Denny Green, "The Gophers are who we thought they were!" How long will it take for the Gophers to slip out of the Top 25? An unranked Wisconsin handles an Indiana team the Gophers were dominated by and now the Gophers lose miserably to another team that wanted it more. Tubby simply can't and never will be able to get maximum effort from any of his teams at all times. They fatten up on non-conference teams and beat a few good squads but when the Big 10 season comes they melt like ice in Spring. None of this should be a surprise.

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kinnickJan. 18, 13 6:59 AM

Time has come for MAJOR house cleaning at the U!Starting with the A.D.,Jerry Kill and BOTH basketball coaches.Either a tremendous commitment is made to these programs or maybe the Missouri Valley Conference would be a good choice.

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abadorJan. 18, 13 7:01 AM

I hope we don't have as much time to prepare for future games. I hope we don't have anymore "Big Games" for awhile. For many years we were always ready to defend our own turf. Didn't show any of that last night. We were beat in every way. I did enjoy seeing us favored by 3 points however.

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anaradJan. 18, 13 8:10 AM

When Dickie V starts yappin about wanting a Hershey bar instead of what's going on in the game, you know it's over.....

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