Gophers must regroup for Big Ten tournament

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 11, 2013 - 6:59 AM

Illinois’ 68-55 loss at Ohio State on Sunday determined that the Illini will be the Gophers’ first-round matchup in the Big Ten tournament at 11 a.m. Thursday in Chicago, perhaps the best-case scenario for hot-and-cold Minnesota.

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bb72004Mar. 10, 1310:09 PM

Seems to me the "lowly" ones were the Gophers and not Nebraska. Also, the game against Purdue probably would have been a good place to "regroup." Just a bad program.

hobie2Mar. 11, 1312:33 AM

So many basic problems in fundamentals that handicap the players - but some are things the players can fix without waiting... First, the tall players spending way too much time at or out beyond the 3 point line, losing most of the advantages height gives a team; Second, the half court offense waiting to react instead of playing at their own speed (this one is close to the first, because a basic defense is to harass weak guards in order to draw the big out to let the defense set the offense speed); third, guards who hold the ball out and play for their own shot first, which shows a lack of fundamental grasp of basketball by guards constantly violating the cardinal rule of offense of "anyone inside first", losing the set-up advantages... I watched MSU tonight, and WI and IN earlier. Izzo has his guards feed inside first every play - he has them MAKE it happen. And as to MSU player position - you would think there was an electric fence at the 3 point line the way Nix (the MSU big) stayed back from it all game... MN starting guards wait for a big to come out to run a play and then have them pick and never feed the roll - dumbest thing I have ever seen.

hobie2Mar. 11, 1312:54 AM

Regroup? Stop sucker moves - Any 4 big or 5 is banned from crossing the 3 point line when in the half court offense... Stop the "me-me" ball - A 4 big or 5 inside gets second or third touch in the half court - NOT 4th or later touch... Stop letting the defense tell you what to do - run a 20 second clock... Oh - and stop missing free throws - practice with your eyes closed and shoot in games with your eyes closed - the rim isn't moving and you aren't moving and 7th graders do it and make 9 of 10. (There are at least 3 very good free throw shooting guards in the Big Ten that shoot not even looking at the backboard.) And loft it over the rim in practice - not at, not where you look - over the lip. (and if you have to ask why, just do it and ask Trevor about what they said in his "kinee" class).

comment229Mar. 11, 13 5:13 AM

As I watched the gophers play Purdue, I kept thinking of what Bobbie Knight would have said about the gopher's playing together in a team concept. He would stare/glare at you and say "what team concept?"

comment229Mar. 11, 13 5:14 AM

I'll go out on a limb on this one, but not far. If the gophers lose in the first round of the tournament, they won't get a chance to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but they will get a chance to lose in the first round of the NIT.

kleinerpMar. 11, 13 6:34 AM

Bo Ryan, as much as I cannot stand the guy, has never finished below 4th place in the Big Ten. Tubby has never finished above 6th place, and this year finished at 8-10 for 9th place in the conference with no injuries and probably his most talented team. That's all you need to know, folks. It's coaching and the type of players that are recruited. The putrid road record this year and Tubby's tendency to throw his players under the bus mean that it is time to move on.

notsidMar. 11, 13 6:55 AM

What do you mean by "re-group"? The Gophers earned a #9 seed bsed upon their overall play on conference which was up and down and very inconsistent. They are good enough to rise up and beat some good teams...and they have done that...but simply not talented enough to play consistently well with he grit and confidence that the good conference teams have and do. They have soem very athletic players but other than Mkwabe, none of them will make the top three conference teams and he may well finsih behind Zeller and Nix. Some Gophers may make honorable mention but that will be about it. None of the Gophers, save Mkwabe, are better players than their counterparts on the top 4-5 teams in conference or even than those of some of the fellow cellar dwelling teams. None of them and that is why they finished 9th in the conference int he cellar group once again.

clnorthMar. 11, 13 6:56 AM

They can regroup after the season with a new coach.

tmkaneMar. 11, 13 8:27 AM

How can this not be up to Tubby. You are the coach .You need to prepare them for the game and have enough discipline to handle the things presented to them in the game. If the fail because they were not prepared for the game then that falls on the coach and then you should for once accept the responsibility for the play since you get paid 2 million for that reason. Coach Calipari had no problem saying he had failed as a coach this year and that was the reason for their failures as a team and then his team goes out and beats a ranked team. That is called motivation and good coaching. He never once threw his players under the bus for his failings as a coach.

alansonMar. 11, 13 8:48 AM

You've got a program in a cold Omaha with no dedicated practice facility, an ancient arena, and with diminishing support from the student body. You can blame the coach if you wish, but the rest of the elements of a successful program aren't there either. In fact, it's the presence of the other supporting elements that allows the recruitment of an elite coach. Is there another head coach in the Big Ten who would rather be working in Minnesota?


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