Found March 09, 2013 on Midwest Sports Fans:
Tubby Smith is a legendary coach, a good recruiter, and a decent person. But his time in Minnesota should come to an end. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The results simply prove this. The Gophers had very high expectations this season. On New Year’s Day, they were ranked eighth nationally, then abruptly dropped four straight. There was also a stretch during early February where Minnesota lost four of five. And finally, with his team nearing the NCAA Tournament bubble, Smith’s group closed the season failing at bottom-dweller Nebraska and getting mauled by a Purdue squad that won’t even qualify for the NIT. These are signs of a team with no business being rewarded an tourney bid. Another sign of an underachieving coach is potentially missing the field of 68 for the fourth time in six seasons — and third year in a row – despite talent-laden rosters.  Smith has posted nearly 80 losses in six campaigns, which is pretty devastating when you consider many top coaches have half as ...

Gophers clinch share of MacNaughton Cup

The second-ranked University of Minnesota hockey team went into the weekend needing to make up two points on St. Cloud State to tie for the WCHA regular-season title, and the Gophers got both of them Saturday night with a 5-1 win at Bemidji State. St. Cloud State lost, 3-2, at Wisconsin, and North Dakota -- which could have created a three-way tie with a victory -- fell, 2-1, at...

Hollins on Hollins: We know he can shoot

MINNEAPOLIS During Wednesday's loss to Nebraska, the Minnesota men's basketball team didn't get any scoring from senior Rodney Williams, junior Austin Hollins or sophomore Joe Coleman. The trio, normally among the Gophers' leaders on offense, was a combined 0-for-9 from the floor as Minnesota fell 53-51 on the road to the Cornhuskers.Hollins' scoreless night...

Gophers ruin Beavers senior night

Bemidji State Beavers women's ice hockey (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Bemidji Minnesota—Last night, the Bemidji State Beavers came out of the gate and were a tough team to play against. The Beavers got in the shooting lanes and took away the Gophers time and space and made skating through the neutral zone difficult. Last night I said, the Beavers were giving another...

Gophers get past Beavers

Western Collegiate Hockey Association logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Bemidji, Minnesota – This weekend, is the last time the Gophers will ever play the Bemidji State Beavers as members of the WCHA, ever. Two summers ago, the college hockey landscape changed forever. That discussion, however, is for another day. Next season, the Gophers will come back to play the Beavers...

The Weekend in Review; slugging through the snow in the north country (Sanford Center)

This past weekend, I went to Bemidji to watch the Bemidji State Beavers and the Minnesota Gophers play in a two game series at the Sanford Center. This was the last time the Beavers and the Gophers would play as members of the WCHA. Obviously, most of us are aware of the upcoming realignment so we won’t review that again. With UND out of town and in Mankato, it...

Thread: One last stand

Purdue hosts its Senior Day festivities at Mackey Arena with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in town. Join Boiler Sports Report for in-game updates.
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