Hartman: Gophers' Smith, Gators' Donovan familiar foes

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2013 - 7:13 AM

Tubby Smith and Billy Donovan have faced each other 24 times over the years as they battled in the SEC when Smith was with Kentucky. Smith owns the head-to-head lead with a 14-10 record

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tafknatMar. 23, 13 8:56 PM

I remember that 76-77 team. They were great. I remember they lost to Michigan twice and Michigan won the Big Ten. They were one game behind Michigan near the end of the year, and while the Gophers were playing against Illinois, Michigan was playing Michigan State. During the Gopher game, Julius Perlt (the great PA guy at the Barn) said "Final in overtime: Michigan State 67 -" (crowd cheered) "...michigan 69..." (Ohhhhhhhh...) I think Michigan was 16-2 and the Gophers finished 15-3. My favorite Gopher team.

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lindy_frank123Mar. 23, 13 9:41 PM

Sid I saw the 76-77 team beat Illinois and Iowa at the barn. What a lineup.

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shaggsMar. 24, 13 7:40 AM

that 76-77 team was incredible. Mychal Thompson ruled the paint most games. Seems to me Mchale had a better pro career....that always surprised me. What a fun year that was to be a Gopher BB fan!!!

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hjlazniMar. 24, 13 9:43 AM

Williams took over the point guard spot at the end of tight games as Williams was the Gophers best point guard on that team. Thompson owed a lot of his points to Williams' passes from the forward spot and guard spot. Williams had a very high two handed ball hold position on his jump shot and a flat shot trajectory. Mark Hall had similar shot mechanics but coach Dutcher changed Hall's shooting mechanics which ended Hall's basketball career. Julian Welsh had similar shot mechanics but coach Smith changed Welsh's shooting mechanics in Welsh's first season with the Gophers which ended Welsh's basketball career.

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fwallenMar. 24, 1310:42 AM

Good points about coaches changing "incorrect techniques". Unfortunately they fail to acknlowedge what the player has accomplished with the poor form. What would have been the result if a coach had tried to "fix" Stan The Man's batting stance?

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fwallenMar. 24, 1310:52 AM

Jim Dutcher was a great coach whose carreer was cut short by an incompetent President of the U. His teams played great basketball and Ray Williams was a great, fun player to watch. And Mr Perlt was half the reason for going to the games. I loved to hear him in McHales senior year say'" and now a 6 ft 11 inch senior from Hibbing , Minnesota, Captain Kevin McHale". That prase took about 30 second with the way he dragged out each word. And the crowd of more than 17,000 most in poor seats roared, delaying the next announcement. There was only on Ray Williams and one Jules Perlt. And those were truly the good ol days.

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15octoberMar. 24, 13 2:06 PM

A world of difference in coaching ability between Smith and Donavon. I would take Billy D. 10 out of 10 times over Tubby. The Gophers won a few games this year in spite of the Tubster!

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jeffandpamMar. 24, 13 2:10 PM

No mention of the Wild's 5 game winning streak - 3 of them on the road and every one of them by 2 or more goals. No mention of the Gopher Women's undefeated season and 48 game win streak, playing for the National Championship today. No mention of the Gopher Men's hockey team, #2 in the country, playing in the NCAA Tournament next week. Sid - you live in MN. Shame on you.

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fishanhunt2Mar. 24, 13 4:48 PM

One thing for certain. This coach and the team is not the 76-77 Gophers...

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tmack24Mar. 24, 13 5:32 PM

jeffandpam: great comment, you beat me to it

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