Williams and Gophers have their slumps coincide

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 29, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Senior forward Rodney Williams' scoring average has plummeted since Big Ten play began. He scored only two points, both on free throws, against Wisconsin on Saturday.

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zahnsJan. 28, 1311:06 PM

RW is not as good as the media and the coaching staff seemed to think he was. You can't play an average of 30 minutes the last two games and only get 3 and than 4 rebounds. That means you are not working hard enough. He tends to work hard when it looks like a potential dunk. Otherwise, he tends to stand around. Defending him is relatively easy in that you just don't give him a lane to the bucket and force him to shoot from outside which he has very low skill. All the teams know that now which is why his scoring avg. has dropped. The gophers will NOT miss him when he graduates and he will also NOT see the bench in the NBA.

rustyscupperJan. 29, 1312:40 AM

More classic comments from Tubby. He truly is clueless.

abemntocalJan. 29, 13 1:01 AM

How mentally tough can a team be when one of their senior leaders loses his confidence when he is unable to dunk? I think Rodney is the reason this team has no consistency. When things aren't going well all you can do is work harder. We need Rodney to figure that out soon!

rmcthreeJan. 29, 13 5:30 AM

It is simple. Rodney wants to be a pro and there is a lot of pressure involved with impressing scouts.

zoilovJan. 29, 13 7:26 AM

The only way the inside opens up for Rodney is by several players hitting from the outside. This team, as a whole, cannot shoot. In basketball, if you can't score you don't win.

kev5115Jan. 29, 13 8:40 AM

The Gopher coaches should learn a valuable lesson here. Rodney, as well as Joe are one dimensional players. Both are terrible jump shooters. It's gotten very easy for the opposition to defend these two. They know the odds are very low that they are going to hit a shot beyond 5 feet. Jumping and dunking are impressive in high school but when you get to this level you better be able to hit a jump shot or you're in serious trouble. Gopher fans are seeing that now. You have to recruit some good pure shooters and Tubby doesn't seem to understand that. Nate Wolters is a good example, but tubby was more interested in Maverick. Can we get someone here that can evaluate talent please.

sbuzz16Jan. 29, 1310:04 AM

Start bringing in quality players from around the country. These local kids are cutting it!

Johnny RingoJan. 29, 1310:12 AM

You know what might help his confidence? Finding him an open shot in the half court set. Problem is, Tubby either doesn't know how to run a half court offense or he chooses not to. Dre brings the ball up and all 4 other guys are simply standing around not even trying to get open. This has always been the case with Tubby's teams here in MN - ZERO half court offense. The team does well only when they can create turnovers and run - when the game slows down they freeze up.

nomedsJan. 29, 1310:26 AM

Hope Rodney is doing well in his academics. There is zero chance of him playing in the NBA.

njfan08Jan. 29, 1310:48 AM

I think the problem this year is that Rodney is not the go-to guy, like he was last year. Last year he was a major offensive force, even made an ESPN top 10 plays. He wanted the ball, looked for it and got it. This year he's playing behind Mbkawe. Not starting a debate of who's better etc...just saying I don't think he likes his new role. That's where coaching has to step in...Tubby has to give his guys, that vote of confidence. And that is just not there. Ever watch Izzo and his players…he talks to them face-to-face, when they come off the court, while they’re on the bench, when they’re going back in the game. Whatever he says they seem to perform for him, step up their game just a bit more. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tubby do that, granted every coach has a different style but right now Tubby’s is not working.


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