Nebraska shuts down Banham, rips Gophers

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  • Updated: February 4, 2013 - 10:04 AM

The Huskers held the Big Ten's top scorer to 11 points.

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coatman2Feb. 3, 1310:13 PM

Um, you may want to rewrite you entire lead as Nebraska actually SWEPT Minnesota this year and won the first game January 20.

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InformedOneFeb. 3, 1310:19 PM

I'm not sure why the article claims that Nebraska was "avenging" a previous loss against the Gophers - Nebraska blew them out on Jan 20th, too. As well as Nebraska played, the Gophers just couldn't stop Nebraska in the second half if their lives depended on it. This game went from painful, to comical, to pitiful all in the span of about 8 minutes in the second half. Even the Nebraska announcers seemed to feel sorry for them as Nebraska kept drilling them. With the exception of the game the Gophers won at the Barn last year, every game against the Huskers has been a humiliating blowout since they entered the league (winning those other three games by a combined score of 228-168). Hopefully they can get their spirits back up and regroup before the Hawkeyes come to town on Thursday. Go Gophers!

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LeftydFeb. 3, 1311:08 PM

Too bad the Gophers couldn't build off of the win against Michigan. It comes down to living and dying with Rachel Banham's scoring. The team just has average talent outside of Banham and Micaella Riche. Pam Borton needs to get more blue chip talent in the program to raise it to NCAA tournament level again. The Lady Gophers have won just one NCAA tournament game since 2004-2005 (the last NCAA appearance in 2008-09). Last season's WBI title is okay. But, it sure would be nice for the program to being elite again. Go Gophers!

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jpweisserFeb. 4, 13 7:26 AM

Is there any reason Borton still has this job? We expect so much of our student athletes or students in general, yet we put up with lousy results from 2 very well paid adult "coaches" In Tubby & Pam. I really haven't seen many players improve under both Tubby & Borton, most of the time I see the players going backwards as they get older. What's the deal here?

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raymondb62Feb. 4, 13 9:28 AM

I didn't listen to the game but the number of free throws in the Gopher's stat line tells me that they weren't as aggressive with their offense as they were against Michigan. When the Gophers become a jump shooting team, they don't shoot as well and they afford their opponent opportunites to break down the court. I don't know why Coach B bothers recruiting big players. From her coaching style to her rotation decisions, it is apparent that she is most comfortable coaching small ball and that she has no clue how to coach big players. There is a whole litany of big players from Broback and Podomonick to Ellis-Milan, Harper, and now Johnson who were either misused or not used. Can't wait till her contract is up!

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regionguyFeb. 4, 1310:49 AM

The Gophers are having a pretty miserable year defensively, and they gave up a ton of points in the paint in this one. Banham is a good player who will (should?) get better over hte next couple of years, but is not the elite player that Whalen was. She has to jack up a lot of shots to get the points she does.

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InformedOneFeb. 4, 13 6:25 PM

I don't know, regionguy, but if you watch replays of Whalen from her sophomore year (and you can - the Minnesota/Wisconsin game from 1/20/02 is available on youtube), Banham is every bit the elite player that Whalen was in her sophomore season. The difference is the rest of the players and the coaching staff is considerably different. The Gophers don't have the inside presence that McCarville had (even during her freshman year) and there is no Kadidja Andersson to anchor the forward position. There is no Brenda Oldfield or Jeff Walz (assistant coach) on the sideline. But really, the 2002 season is ancient history now. I actually find myself getting nostalgic over the 2008-09 Emmy Fox senior season group at this point. That group may not have been as talented as this one (or certainly the one from 2004), but it OWNED that fact and made a commitment to work hard every game to make up for it. I remember the quotes by Suzy Merchant and Jim Foster at time lauding the Gophers for their work ethic and crediting that, more than anything else, for the teams success. Anyone who has followed this team knows that they are not going to get the top-flight national recruits more than once in a blue moon so they have to make up for this fact by working hard -every play, every game. This team, unfortunately, goes through long lapses where the opposition seems to be able to score at will and this is lack of focus, more than anything else. I'd like to see the same kind of defense that I saw from this team back in 2008-09. That, combined with the offensive talent that this team has, would get them back into the AP top 25. JMHO.

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regionguyFeb. 4, 13 9:58 PM

InformedOne, I always respect your insights, and I quite agree with your latest post in terms of the difference in coaching staff, overall talent, defensive hustle, etc. And your comparison with the late-2000's teams was great. I have to disagree about Banham, though: she is nowhere near the shooter (have you checked their repsective percentages?) or floor general that Whalen was in her sophomore year. And to be fair, I have not heard Banham herself make the comparison. It is the media and the coach who have hyped her.

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InformedOneFeb. 5, 1312:21 PM

I'll defer to your considered opinion on this one, regionguy, though I may disagree with it. If she is not the floor general or shooter that Whalen was, do you think that this is due to intrinsic talent or development? If it is the former, I can live with it. If it is the latter (and Whalen was on her second coach on her way to a third during her sophomore year), I think it should make the developing coaching change movement even stronger. I see Banham's shooting suffer more when she pushes herself too much and begins trying to take over the game every time down the court (though I'll admit that she has missed more wide open shots during the B1G season than during the non-conference). One would expect the coaches to see this and council her on letting the game come to her at times and being a facilitator. The players respect her enough that she can play the floor general role and I've seen her do it well, though Mullaney seems to be taking floor general role more directly now (with the expected road bumps for a freshman in this position). Again, is this intrinsic ability or is it coaching (or both)? Just wondering what your opinion is on this one?

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dirtydogsFeb. 5, 13 3:16 PM

Please fire Pam Borton. She has had enough time and it CLEARLY is not working.

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