Hartman: Tubby knows every game is 'huge' now for Gophers

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2013 - 9:19 PM

Tubby Smith describes Sunday's game at Williams Arena with Illinois as "huge."

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groover6Feb. 9, 13 8:48 PM

Gophers should try a new starting line-up. Start Welch at the point and turn both Hollins' loose on the wing. Sit Joe C. He is a non-factor on the wing.

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hiraddrifterFeb. 9, 13 8:56 PM

Refuse to lose. they got to get tough!

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rafannonFeb. 9, 13 9:26 PM

For all you people who want to fire Tubby Smith.. Look at Illinois.. they fired their coach because they were not winning enough.. Guess what, they new coach isnt winning much either. Nothing has changed.. It is all about how recuiting goes, and how honest your program it... Unless you are DUKE.. or North Carolina, kids are not coming for their education.. they want a way into the NBA and things under the table.. if you dont believe that, go talk to ex college players...

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mobydick1Feb. 10, 13 6:38 AM

I think some of the major powers in basketball and football are a bit tolerant with academically challenged athletes. It makes it more difficult if the athletes have to go to class, or do not have classes tailored to their needs sic famous bird calls for dislexics.

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philgorngieFeb. 10, 13 7:52 AM

Tubby has the Gophers doing what they do every year he has been here. Lose! Look at his B1G record. He was known as "10 loss Tubby" at KY--now you know why.

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kev5115Feb. 10, 13 8:49 AM

Tubby knows every game is huge. That being said 5 minutes into the game he'll have Oto, Ingram, and the Williams Arena Wizard, Maverick in the game, and then sit on the sidelines and wonder why his team can't score. Lol, this is beyond insanity.

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LoisMAFeb. 10, 13 9:27 AM

Actually, Bobby Knight has THREE players on the same 1979-1980 Indiana team who became NBA head coaches. How quickly Sid has forgotten Isiah Thomas. . . ,

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hjlazniFeb. 10, 13 9:48 AM

Asked if during his coaching career he had a team like this season's Gophers, who started out 15-1 against one of the toughest schedules in the country and then lost five of seven, Smith said he had that experience while coaching at Kentucky. Da.

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notsidFeb. 10, 1310:53 AM

Of cours, Tubby knows that the game this afternoon is huge which probably means that they will lose and lose in the usual fashion that has become their trademark. That is, to get behind early thanks to many turnovers and missed point-blank shots and their inability to defend the three point shot. Then their comeback effort will be thwarted again by turn-overs, missed point blank shots and horrible free throw shooting. Losses on the road to Nebraska and Iowa and at home to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Indiana will make it a struggle to finish at .500 in conference play. They simply are not a very good team in a conference of many good teams, most of which have gotten better as the conference season wore on except, as usual, for the Gophers, who have gotten worse. That is who and what the Gophers are, nothing more and nothing less than that. Now, if only they had their own practice facility, they would be more competitive against the big boys just as has been the case since the football Gophers got their new rpactice facility.

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hobie2Feb. 10, 1311:20 AM

The coach needs to start from the premise that the starters and main subs ARE working hard. And then ask -- since they are working hard, do they have to work harder than their opponents to get the same job done? And then assume they do and ask why... The answer is then almost always that your people have to work harder to be equal because you didn't find a better way for them to be more efficient; or you handicapped them so their work is harder... You picked them so you could win - your people, your choice of how to use them... Are you as the coach working hard on working smart?

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