Pretty nice read on Blake from Marcus Fuller-
The rest here-Blake Hoffarber suddenly has become the go-to guy Tubby Smith didn't know he had.
When the University of Minnesota basketball coach needed opponents to respect the Gophers' outside shooting, Hoffarber delivered. When Smith demanded that his guards throw the ball inside and be unselfish, Hoffarber was the role model. And even when Smith needed someone desperately to crash the boards, Hoffarber grabbed 10 rebounds in a game.
'He did everything but sell soda and popcorn,' Smith said after the junior guard set a school record with eight three-pointers and finished with a career-best 26 points, six rebounds and four assists in a Dec. 15 victory over Northern Illinois.
If Hoffarber can lead the way, the Gophers (9-3) have a chance to better last season's 9-9 Big Ten Conference record — vital to getting a second straight NCAA tournament at-large bid.
That's a lot of pressure to put on a player who has been inconsistent the past two seasons in Big Ten play.
"I'm definitely fine with that," said Hoffarber, who has helped his team go undefeated since he joined the starting lineup Dec. 5 against Brown. "Ever since I was a young kid, I've been the one shooting the big shots for my team. I've shot last-second shots before. Hopefully, I'll be ready to show people what I can do."