This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

  Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno

Turnovers still a problem as Gophers go to Northwestern

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: January 23, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Andre Hollins is so used to getting the question that you can hear the weariness in his voice. At the same time, he’s still fresh out of answers. How could he have the solution to the turnover carnage when it’s so clear the Gophers’ haven’t even taken steps to figuring it out?

“I don’t know – I guess we’re not concentrating hard enough,” Hollins said Thursday after the loss to No. 5 Michigan. “We’re being a little too stagnant and not attacking. We’ve just got to improve. We’ve just got to improve on our ballhandling. You limit the turnovers, it’s a whole different game.”

Thursday, the Gophers had 15, 10 in the first half, when Michigan cashed them in for 22 points. Minnesota is averaging 14.6 on the season, turning over the ball in a stunning 21.3 percent of their possessions.

Wondering if the Gophers have real reason for concern as they head to Northwestern and Wisconsin on this next road trip? Well, here’s one for you:

The Gophers rank 236th in the nation in turnovers-per-possession.

Northwestern is 21st.

And the Badgers are No. 1.

"[Turnovers are] the worst thing right now," coach Tubby Smith said. "It just takes so much life out of you, it takes the wind out of you when you work so hard on defense or try to run something and you throw the ball away. And we’re darn near last in the league in turnovers and we’re going to play a team that’s one of the best in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. Northwestern doesn’t turn the ball over very much."

The Gophers know this is a problem, have said so repeatedly, and still can’t seem to stop it from happening. Often, a good proportion of the miscues will occur in one, very sloppy stretch.

Thursday, Minnesota wasn’t helped any by Hollins picking up two fouls quickly and leaving the game after 6:25 and not returning until after the break (despite the fact that he was fighting to get back in). Julian Welch did some good things in replacing the sophomore, but struggled to get the team into the offense – which led to seven of the Gophers’ 10 first-half turnovers, three of which were from Welch himself.

“[We were] just rushing,” Rodney Williams said. “Not being patient. We’re a team that likes to run, so it’s going to happen, but for it to happen as much as it did, we’re going to have to do something to fix that.”

What, exactly, is where the conversation stops – because it’s a sentiment that’s as tired as the season is old. And the fact that this issue has consistently plagued the Gophers from the start is cause for concern. It WILL need to be addressed if the Gophers are going to get back on track and make a splash in the Big Ten.

 

 

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Portland 0 Postponed
Brooklyn 0
Sacramento 0 Postponed
New York 0
Philadelphia 74 FINAL
New Orleans 99
Minnesota 84 FINAL
Oklahoma City 92
Orlando 94 FINAL
Memphis 103
Boston 99 FINAL
Utah 90
Denver 98 FINAL
LA Clippers 102
Army 68 FINAL
American Univ 66
Wright State 64 FINAL
Detroit 53
Syracuse 83 FINAL
North Carolina 93
Cleveland State 56 FINAL
Oakland 59
Delaware State 54 FINAL
NC Central 55
High Point 63 FINAL
Presbyterian 54
Howard 45 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 42
Coppin State 84 FINAL
NC A&T 71
Nicholls 51 FINAL
Northwestern St 80
Hampton 56 FINAL
SC State 65
Gardner-Webb 59 FINAL
Campbell 78
MD-Eastern Shore 72 FINAL
Florida A&M 65
Stephen F Austin 82 FINAL
Lamar 65
Central Arkansas 67 FINAL
New Orleans 87
Norfolk State 70 FINAL
Savannah State 54
TX A&M-CC 70 FINAL
SE Louisiana 61
Sam Houston St 80 FINAL
Abilene Christian 63
McNeese State 84 FINAL
Incarnate Word 86
Milwaukee 48 FINAL
Valparaiso 73
Alcorn State 66 FINAL
Alabama A&M 78
Southern U 59 FINAL
Alabama State 63
Prairie View 68 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 105
Texas 86 FINAL
Iowa State 89
Texas Southern 85 FINAL
Miss Valley St 84
Long Island 85 FINAL
Bryant 88
Central Conn St 51 FINAL
St Francis-NY 49
Fairleigh Dickinson 0 Postponed
Sacred Heart 0
St Francis-PA 87 FINAL
Wagner 74
Delaware State 59 FINAL
NC Central 66
Howard 53 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 61
Coppin State 49 FINAL
NC A&T 67
Hampton 88 FINAL
SC State 53
Norfolk State 54 FINAL
Savannah State 56
MD-Eastern Shore 54 FINAL
Florida A&M 64
Angelo State 55 FINAL
Abilene Christian 70
Samford 32 FINAL
(25) Chattanooga 49
Prairie View 83 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 66
Alcorn State 58 FINAL
Alabama A&M 55
Southern U 53 FINAL
Alabama State 49
Texas Southern 63 FINAL
Miss Valley St 52
(12) Texas A&M 61 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 79
Robert Morris 68 FINAL
Mount St Marys 44
East Tenn St 72 FINAL
Mercer 70
Wofford 56 FINAL
Furman 58
Morehead St 64 FINAL
Tenn Tech 54
Illinois 57 FINAL
Michigan 70
Quinnipiac 0 Postponed
Manhattan 0
Saint Peters 0 Postponed
Rider 0
(18) Miss State 59 FINAL
Auburn 48
(15) Nebraska 72 FINAL
(20) Iowa 78

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How optimistic are you about the 2015 Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT