Gophers' basketball reserves running low on impact

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2013 - 9:59 AM

Tubby Smith's backups were prolific early in the season, but they are now in a rut that coincides with that of the team.

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KBORGYJan. 25, 1310:30 PM

Get real Tubby! You don't know how to coach up 2-3 star recruits. Good luck getting the three 4-5 star MN 2014 recruits.

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mrchipsJan. 26, 13 6:35 AM

If anyone is seeing this especially our gopher team, pls do not give your fans another terrible performance like u did at Northwestern on Wensday. Pls get your heads into todays game at Wisc. and come out of there with win.

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zoilovJan. 26, 13 8:43 AM

I watched a local channel interview Mbakwe during practice yesterday. In the background Gopher players were shooting and nothing was going in....nothing! Airballs, bricks, clanking off the backboard, and all that without defense. This team cannot shoot, and when that happens, everything falls apart.

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kev5115Jan. 26, 13 8:45 AM

That should do well today, play your 2nd tier players who don't even have DII talent against the Badgers and you will be blown off the floor and laughed out of the Kohl center. Good Lord, is Tubby thinks he should play his bench more he should be taken out and drug tested ASAP.

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nitetrainJan. 26, 13 8:54 AM

A better title for this article would be, "Gopher Coach running on low impact!"

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stadium4UJan. 26, 13 9:11 AM

it started after the indiana game. Tubby was angry when he should have been proud of a team that battled back despite having no preparation from their coaching staff ahead of time. After Michigan tubby directed his criticism towards his team. After NW he called out players by name. This is not a leader. Tubby is a good coach and he IS capable of coaching up 3 star recruits and teaching them how to be better basketball players. But he has no sideline presence during the games and he has no clue how to prepare his team for big games. He is the by far the most un-inspiring coach we've had in the last 50 years. Tubby, stop pointing the finger and start pointing the thumb. You can start by making sure you don't let Bo Ryan control the referees today.

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deepsixJan. 26, 13 9:30 AM

Tubby, you just figured out now the Ellenson, Welch and Walker are the 3 subs that should play? Seriously a coach that was any good should have noticed that the subs were doing ok against sublevel competition. And because you can't you need to get these guys playing time in the Big Ten game. Seriously Amelia, when are you going to look outside of the box and evaluate the talent and the way that Tubby uses those players. Let's see how long before our AD figures this mess out.

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CHANFISHJan. 26, 13 9:34 AM

the bench play that needs improvement is coaching and not being able to make adjustments..this conference slide seems to be a tubby trait or pattern

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hochyboyJan. 26, 1310:13 AM

After today's game at Wisconson, it will be the end of the season for gopher basketball hopefuls. I am a big of gopher fan as it gets but I have no faith in Tubby and cannot watch him coach another team out of the big dance. My heart bleeds!

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hobie2Jan. 26, 1310:57 AM

"Tubby, you just figured out now the Ellenson, Welch and Walker are the 3 subs that should play?"... You can't be serious... Really.. The three players who drop into one-on-one and go cowboy should play to get wins? It's a joke, right?... a rookie who doesn't know the system and is so green about D1 play he fouls when goes inside and even when fouls he drives lanes?... the shooting guard who when at point shoots first and passes much later because he is off-time and out of position after three minutes, and who has missed every clutch shot in 3 years?... and the inside presence who is close to being blocked more times than he has shot and on defense has almost had parking tickets put on his jersey by the U parking cops? You did see him start last game and what the team did for the rest of the game, right?... Sorry to be the one to point this out, but in today's NCAA basketball, a call for one-on-one play is NOT going to win any games.

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