Tubby Smith drew some criticism in his first five seasons in Minnesota for a substitution pattern that often looked more like a hockey philosophy.
The morning after a big win over the Illini on the road, Gopher basketball coach Tubby Smith called in
for his weekly visit on the WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee.
No. 8 Minnesota will have that lofty national ranking tested this week.
Austin Hollins hit five 3-pointers during an impressive three-minute stretch in the second half, finishing with 19 points and sparking ninth-ranked Minnesota to a 69-51 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night.
It was another somewhat crazy and eventful year in Minnesota sports filled with big wins, tough losses, some controversy and fresh faces hitting the scene.
Starting guard Joe Coleman scored 12 points, and No. 13 Minnesota got 42 points from its reserves in a 75-50 rout of Lafayette on Saturday night.
The Gopher men’s basketball team is built for the Big Ten because they have a big three — Trevor Mbakwe’s muscle, Rodney Williams’ ability to get to the basket, and Andre Hollins’ maturation at the point guard position.
After a week on the road, Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is happy to be finally headed home — especially with another win.
Aggressive defense and the fast break go together in basketball, and Minnesota has both facets working well so far.
Trevor Mbakwe’s return from a knee injury has received plenty of attention and is considered the key to Minnesota’s hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament this year.
Minnesota freshman Wally Ellenson has a broken left hand and will miss six to eight weeks.
University of Minnesota men’s basketball assistant coach Saul Smith was speeding on the shoulder of Interstate 394 early Saturday morning before being arrested for DWI, according to new details released by the Minnesota State Patrol.
The University of Minnesota assistant men’s basketball coach and head coach Tubby Smith’s son, Saul Smith, has been placed on indefinite unpaid administrative leave Sunday after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Gophers basketball player Trevor Mbakwe went before a Florida judge Friday morning in a sentencing hearing hoping to avoid jail time after violating probation.
A Thanksgiving tournament game against Duke and a Big 10 opener against Michigan State on New Year’s Eve at Williams Arena highlight the 2012-13 Gopher men’s basketball schedule, which was released Thursday.