Gopher coach Tubby Smith told the Star Tribune he plans to shake things up again when the Gophers host Michigan State. The U of M men's basketball team lost their third straight Saturday night against the Northwestern Wildcats.
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Tubby to make changes to starting lineup
The Gophers starting lineup is probably going to look a little different for Saturday's game at Northwestern. Head coach Tubby Smith told reporters that he isn't sure what he's going to change, but he wants to put a lineup on the floor that will do a better job rebounding.
Tubby Smith's new deal includes better incentives, better protection
The University of Minnesota is giving Tubby Smith plenty of incentives to win. Smith's new three-year contract extension was signed this week and made available on Friday. Details of the new deal shows the Gophers basketball coach will make $50-thousand dollars more each year. The U of M has also agreed to pay Smith $2.5 million if he’s fired before the end of the 2016-17 season.
Tubby Smith might insert Joe Coleman into Gophers' starting lineup
Tubby Smith says freshman guard Joe Coleman could start Sunday's game against Purdue. The Gophers are 0-3 in the Big Ten and in search of a spark. Smith says he will "probably be changing the lineup." He likes Coleman's physical style of play.
Former AD says Tubby Smith won't win NCAA title without a new practice facility
NIT chairman C.M. Newton says Tubby Smith won't lead the Gophers to an NCAA championship without a new practice facility. Newton was Kentucky's athletic director when Smith led the Wildcats to an NCAA title in 1998. Minnesota's athletic director Joel Maturi says "there's no question" the Gophers basketball team needs its own practice facility, and they "need to find a way to get it."
Hollins' 25 leads Gophers to OT win over Northwestern
It took overtime to settle Minnesota-Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament, but the Gophers advanced with a 75-68 win over the Wildcats. Andre Hollins, a true freshman, led Minnesota with 25 points. The Gophers play second-seeded Michigan in the second round today.
Tubby Smith won't use Mbakwe's injury as a scapegoat to another rough season
The Gophers have lost five in a row and six of seven in Big Ten play, but head coach Tubby Smith won't be blaming the struggles on the absence of injured star Trevor Mbakwe. Instead, Smith believes his team is struggling psychologically. He says he needs to find a way to boost the players' confidence, and that playing at Wisconsin on Tuesday will be a real test of character.
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