Minnesota must beat enemy within on Friday

  • Article by: Amelia Rayno , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 6:27 AM

After a season of inconsistency, the Gophers know the real threat is themselves.

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kleinharrieMar. 19, 1310:22 PM

C'mon, Gophs. Time to do what you know you are capable of - put on those winnin' looks! Let's win a few.

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jdfosterMar. 19, 1311:17 PM

I think the key to the game will be the "fab frosh" vs Mbakwe. Trev should win out and give the Gophs the advantage. Article is spot on, though: if the Gophs come out flat and/or sloppy and have 4+ minute droughts in each half, then they'll definitely lose.

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gofurnuttMar. 20, 1312:02 AM

The Gophers Enemy on the road is always themselves.......They consistently are, year after year, the Visiting team with the least Swagger than any I have ever seen....

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hobie2Mar. 20, 13 1:05 AM

The dark-attitude-problem is pervasive, even to the headline... Minnesota does not "need to beat" the enemy within - it is time to stop struggling, time to stop trying to beat this or that problem or demon, time to leave the negatives in yesterday -time to let all that negative go, and move on to do what you can do, and do it as well as you can do it... Fact is, no one anywhere is going to get that much smarter or quicker in the next three days... So -- Play for each other instead of taking charge playing. Go play and let it happen, instead of forcing round pegs into square holes... Stop worrying about fixing this or fixing that or teaching this or teaching that - it's game, not practice, and a tourney game, at that... Worry about mistakes makes mistakes. Make up for the mistake by forgetting about it - yes, forget it. (What? You thought changing mid-game how you do something won't screw up the rest of the team when they try to do plays? You playing with mind-readers or humans? Oh, btw - humans make mistakes. Get over yourself.)... Do you know what you call a team that has 20 turnovers in a game and has more points at the end? The winner... Do you know what you call a team that plays for each other and plays with all their heart and soul? Men... And if they are lucky while they do it, those who count call them champion.

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antimarxistMar. 20, 13 3:32 AM

the only "enemy" within this team is it's coach, they have regressed on every level since beginning of season and year by year it's the same pattern. Reusse had a great take in his column on Mar 15. how many times during season have we seen our best players sat for long demoralizing stretches for getting two fouls in first half? not just Mbakwe in last game. Of course Tubby's performance might be worthy of ANOTHER extension beyond the one he got last year. ONLY at this college

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geezeMar. 20, 13 5:43 AM

There might be a new coach from KY. available since he lost in the NIT last night

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notsidMar. 20, 13 7:59 AM

The Gophers are what you see and nothing more than that. They can play well enough to beat good teams as they have and they can also forget to show up in games agaisnt lesser (or perceived as lesser) opposition and get blown out. They are simply not heavily talented team that many folks have claimed based upon their inconsistent performance. As such, they could easily overwhelm UCLA Friday night or they could just as easily get blown out or just as easily lose at the buzzer thanks to yet another turnover, dumb play or whatever. That is who they are and nothing more oir less than that. whatever happens in the NCAA will be a true reflection of who they are as a team.

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clinto1054Mar. 20, 13 2:38 PM

Sorry...but that "enemy within" is just to good at doing what it does best....losing.

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kev5115Mar. 20, 13 4:35 PM

Anyone who knows anything about Basketball knows the enemy within in is the coach. What coach takes out 2 of the only productive players the Gophers had going against Illinois and sits them most of the first half for having 2 fouls. That is what lost them the game and Tubby is 100% responsible for them losing to Illinois. This so called coach has caused more harm then good since he's been here.

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