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Tubby Smith Says Gophers Will Get Better

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tubby Smith’s fourth year at Minnesota was his most disappointing, ending his streak of 17 straight 20-win seasons and leaving the Gophers out of the postseason.

Smith acknowledged that he mismanaged the lineup when senior point guard Al Nolen got hurt. He says he is optimistic about the newcomers he’ll have and he doesn’t believe a change in style or scheme is necessary.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Smith also said he expects star Trevor Mbakwe to be back for his senior year.

Smith will turn 60 in June. He says he hopes this is his last head coaching job and says he’s not looking for another one.

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