Gophers lose to Tubby Smith's Red Raiders 81-68 in Puerto Rico


Texas Tech 81

Minnesota Gophers 68

The Gopher men's basketball team lost to Texas Tech 81-68 in their final game in the Puerto Rico Tipoff Tournament Sunday afternoon.

The loss came at the hands of former Gopher coach Tubby Smith, who was fired by Minnesota two and a half years ago.

1. Foul trouble

Six Gopher players had at least two fouls in the first half. Gaston Diedhiou, Charles Buggs, Bakary Konate and Jordan Murphy all spent time on the bench toward the end of the half, the Star Tribune reports. Texas Tech took advantage and scored nine unanswered points to take a 34-28 lead at the break.

2. Inconsistent offense

Joey King, who hit six 3-pointers Friday in Minnesota's win over Missouri State, only connected on one from long range against the Red Raiders. He led the Gophers scoring with 15 points. And the aforementioned foul trouble for centers Konate and Diedhiou took away the inside scoring threat.

3. Tubby vs. Richard

The two head coaches shook hands before the game began, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press described it as an awkward moment; Smith has known Pitino since he was 6 years old, and was replaced by the youngster in 2013.

In his first year at Minnesota, Pitino led his team to the NIT championship – with several players that Smith recruited. But last season the Gophers didn't make it to the post season.

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