Gophers' guard play can make life easier on the court

  • Article by: Amelia Rayno , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2013 - 8:52 AM

The Gophers can make life easier for themselves if they can get consistent play from the trio of Andre Hollins, Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman.

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railroadMar. 23, 1310:48 PM

UCLA coach got fired today due to loss yesterday... what a shame!!!

hobie2Mar. 24, 13 2:39 AM

Louisville did an interesting thing against CSU - they pretty much avoided the inside where CSU had muscle, and stayed outside and cut them apart with speed. Louisville used their speed to double up on an CSU player who had the ball, like NOW. Not sure that would work on MN, or on FL, but it was an interesting twist.

hobie2Mar. 24, 13 3:10 AM

Florida may be big, but they are not tall. After their 6-10 (heavier) and 6-9 (lighter than Mbakwe) they drop way off in height... They do have a 6-7 forward at Mbakwe weight, though... Florida doesn't foul much, they don't assist much, and they spread the scoring across the five, with four players averaging double figures... MN matches up well in size - this game may see Mbakwe joined by Osenieks and Eliason running around a fair bit to wear on the legs of the FL bigs, and maybe Eliason with Walker so Mo can hammer on their legs. Not sure tiring them will help.. FL likes defense and control, but they are fast, too... For any edge, MN NUST run its own clock on half-court offense... Lineup is a guess and tough - Might see Ahamesi in at point a fair bit, to put Dre H at a 2 for a spell. He's quicker than Welch - Mbakwe and Walker, Eliason and Osenieks, Hollins and Hollins, Williams with Coleman spelling if he can defend - maybe using two schemes? Bet the house they will try to get Mbakwe in foul trouble.

hjlazniMar. 24, 1310:16 AM

First of all, after watching the Gophers for a full season, the writer needs to know that Coleman plays the 3 spot and not guard. Coleman is 6-3 and has a poor wing shot and does not do a good job at guarding the taller corner shooters, but can make lay ups on the break. The writer telling us that it is better when a lot of your players score a lot of points is not something everyone doesn't already know. The Gophers played well against UCLA because Rodney got two fouls and was benched. Eliason played 19 minutes as a result which resulted in the Gophers playing a true center and a forward up front. Smith does not like playing a true center and actually subsitituted Ingram and Otto in place of Rodney first. Rodney can only play the 4 spot because he is such a poor wing shooter and is not a scorer when playing the 4 spot with Mbakwe at the 5 spot because Mbakwe gets the shots that Williams was getting when Mbakwe was injured and Eliason played center and Williams played the 4 spot. Smith refusing to play true centers Jonathan Williams, Iverson and Eliason during his six years as Gopher coach is a major reason for the Gophers terrible record in the Big Ten. The Gopher faithful need to hope that Williams spends a lot of time on the bench and Smith is not pleased with the play of Otto and Ingram forcing Smith to play a better line up including Eliason, Mbakwe and the two Hollins. Smith refused to play his freshmen this year while all other top teams play freshmen so the Gophers' best 3 spot player with the best wing shot, the 6-9 Buggs, sat on the bench. Eliason, Mbakwe and the two Hollins and Buggs at the 3 spot may have been a final four contender this season.

bcarsonmplsMar. 24, 1311:55 AM

According to my morning StarTribune, the Gophers Sunday basketball game is not on any Twin Cities radio station.

schwartzrlMar. 24, 1312:10 PM

Now, with both the Zags and VCU gone, there isn't much reason to watch this year's tourney--other, maybe than for a Big 10 team (not You-Know-Who) to win it all. Oh, and the perennial hope of watching Duke lose. (Note to other commentators: This site censors anti-Duke messages, so be forewarned.

swmnguyMar. 24, 13 1:41 PM

Wow, Fred Hoiberg just lost Iowa State the game against Ohio State, In My Humble Opinion. Score tied, about :17 left; OSU has the ball in the frontcourt. You foul Aaron Craft, who just missed one out of two free throws, to get the ball back at worst 2 points down with :11 - :15 left on the clock. Instead, ISU lets Craft dribble around outside the 3-point line, and he sinks one with :00.5 on the clock. Maybe I'm wrong about this, but right out of the time-out I was saying to myself, "You gotta foul here." Hoiberg didn't have his team foul; Craft hit the 3; OSU moves to the Sweet 16 and Iowa State is done.

jaywalkerMar. 24, 13 3:10 PM

Your strategy swmnguy is you are not a basketball coach. You never foul with the game tied, you play for a steal or guard hard for overtime.

birchtreeMar. 24, 13 5:41 PM

I always want to see the Gophers win, but they won't win today. This team has no character, no guts. Physically they are a great team. Mentally they are very weak.

birdpeepMar. 24, 13 5:58 PM

I'll hope that the buyout check will be handed to Smith as soon as the loss is official in the next hour or so.

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