DeCourcey SN Article: "Tubby still can coach"

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"Tubby still can coach. Not sure if you doubted that or not, but Minnesota’s didn’t start out winless in the Big Ten because Tubby Smith had lost his touch. Smith dusted off a flex offense, which the Gophers rarely had used before but against Indiana looked like the Lakers running Tex Winter's Triangle. Smith wanted to take advantage of IU's preference to switch off screens, and it worked brilliantly. As Indiana tried several times to rally into the game, and the Assembly Hall crowd pushed loudly to energize the Hoosiers, Smith called a timeout on four separate occasions to quiet the fans. Each was well spent."

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-ba...ned-gophers-had-more-juice-from-the-beginning
 

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I need to see a lot more than one win to come to the conclusion that Tubby can still coach. I do agree with DeCourcy that Tubby used his timeouts well and that the offense looked better. I would say that the lack of quickness from IU's guards allowed Mav/Julian to feel more comfortable handling the ball in this game than against Purdue, Michigan, and Illinois.
 

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When I read "dusted off a flex offense" I giggled. Hell, if it works...
 

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i ran the flex offense in high school and Tubby has always used the flex, it's not new or dusted off. He just adjusts his game plan to what he thinks gives him the best chance to win. Tonight they ran the flex to perfection, played good defense, got to the foul line, rebounded the ball and indiana didn't shoot great especially from 3 point land. I attribute some of that to the defense though they missed a few open looks. Also, the gophers made front page of ncaa bb espn page... http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/
 
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