New season, new energy for tourney-ready Gophers

  • Article by: Amelia Rayno , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 21, 2013 - 8:28 AM

The NCAAs offer a final chance to salvage their frustrating season.

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tbot2000Mar. 20, 13 8:55 PM

We'll lose.

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gowildcatsMar. 20, 13 9:30 PM

UCLA is going down-Pac Twelve is weak. Florida's whole different story but theyre no tougher than any of the top 5 BIG 10 teams. Gophers can beat anyone on any given night.

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mzaskeMar. 20, 13 9:57 PM

I would love to see the Gophers win. But all of the signals are pointing to one last disappointment vs. UCLA. I hope I'm wrong......

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munnymanMar. 20, 1310:09 PM

Here come the sad sacks! Come on mopers... I love that first comment... you guys are doing great! Mope away. For myself, I am a disappointed fan this year. But I'll believe one more time. Go Gophers!

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goldengoph3rMar. 21, 13 2:22 AM

munnyman, you'll have to forgive Gopher fans for being a bit skeptical at this point. After all, it's been *19* years since the Maroon and Gold "officially" won an NCAA tournament game. 19 years, hard to believe it's been that long. Anyway, good for you that you're on board. As for me, I feel Smith should be dismissed, and I think the evidence bears that out. Whatever happens in the tourney happens, and I'll be watching, but my sincere hope is that Teague takes the program in a different direction at the end of March.

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lordhawhaw1Mar. 21, 13 3:11 AM

One and done, or at best, two and done. Its not pessimissm, its conditioning.

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comment229Mar. 21, 13 6:24 AM

"He (Smith) knows what it takes to win games"... No, I don't think that is accurate. He knows what it is going to take to stem the tide of media criticism if they lose in the first round and then try to justify his job. What bothers me the most, is the same mistakes of signing guaranteed contracts for more than one year at a time. When will we learn? I don't expect a coach to have a winning season every single year, but I do expect a coach to be able to get the most out of his team week after week. If you would like an example of that, just check out the Wisconsin team, whether you like Wisconsin or not. Then compare that to the Minnesota teams, present and past. Personally, I favor Flip Saunders to be given at least some consideration from the simple standpoint that he would be able to recruit the BEST Minnesota high school players instead of watching them enroll all around the country. It is painful to watch a game on the national networks and hear that the player who just lit it up, was from a Minnesota high school.

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zoilovMar. 21, 13 7:08 AM

Of course we'd like to see Minnesota win a game or two in the "Dance", but for those of us that have seen this team play wonder if they should even be in the tournament. Turnovers, horrible outside shooting,50% from the foul line, and an offense that looks lost! Their motivation should be to not embarrass themselves like they did against Iowa, Northwestern, Nebraska, and Purdue.

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groover6Mar. 21, 13 7:46 AM

New energy - same talent.

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notsidMar. 21, 13 9:35 AM

Of course, the players and coaches are saying all of the right things just like we have heard them say so many times during the season after a big win bfore going on to lose their next game against a "lesser team." That is who and what they are and nothing more than that. As such, they will win easily tomorrow night or just as easily get blown out or just as easily get down right away and almost come back only to lose on another turnover, a missed free-throw, inability to defend the three-point shot or on just another bonehead play. Whatever happens tomrorow night will be totally reflective of the talent level on the team as well as of their ability and interest in playing with grit and confidence, nothing more and nothing less. I have decided to look at things through rose colored glasses and expect them to win tomorrow night and possibly on Sunday as well in spite of their being the "most talented" team Tubby has put on the court at Minnesota.

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