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.

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Scare against Richmond might have come at just the right time for Gophers

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under Gophers players Updated: November 20, 2012 - 12:07 PM


In some ways, the Gophers’ performance on Sunday was troubling.

Four days before playing by far their greatest challenge yet -- against Duke – the Gophers looked like a deeply flawed team that got exposed by Richmond.

The team turned the ball over 19 times. They looked lethargic in the first half with an offense that looked out-of-whack.

So …bad time for that to happen?

The Gophers said no on Sunday – mostly because they were able to regroup and respond strongly in the second half, rallying from a seven-point deficit for a 72-57 victory. They don’t head to the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on a low point, but they also were given a firm reality check.

“We really needed that,” Austin Hollins said. “We had a few blowouts in our first few games and we didn’t need a blowout this game – we needed a game like this, where we face some adversity and we overcame. We had to make some clutch shots and play some clutch defense, and I think that was a real good test for us going into this tournament.”

Perhaps he’s right. After all, the Gophers haven’t been able to fix their most glaring issues in turnovers, and maybe that’s in part due to the fact that they weren’t given sufficient motivation. The truth was, the Gophers could AFFORD to turn the ball over nearly 20 times against their first three opponents. They had more than 17 blunders twice before Sunday, and were still never threatened.

But on Sunday, against solid competition (but nowhere near the strength of Duke), the Gophers had a chance to have TURNOVERS MATTER thrown in their faces. I’m not saying the Gophers weren’t serious about fixing that problem before, but it’s human nature, right? Real-time incentive works.

“I think a lot of us were kind of frustrated in the first half,” Trevor Mbakwe said. “It was our first close game this season. We maybe looked over them a little bit. It’s kind of hard when you have Duke coming up next and a nice trip to the Bahamas. But we had some key guys step up.”

Rodney Williams said he was impressed with the poise of the team to turn around an ugly half and exert intensity in the second half.

“That shows that we’re a pretty poised team, I think,” he said. “You know, our defense is excellent right now, so I think we showed a lot tonight.”

Even so, that test is only beneficial if the Gophers learn from it. A similar effort against Duke would most likely result in a loss.

“We were behind a few times, we had to come from behind, we had deficits, but that tells you and shows you what you’re made of,” coach Tubby Smith said. “You really can’t set those types of situations up – you try to in practice, but the best way to learn is out here on the basketball court in a game.”



Detroit 6:00 PM
Atlanta 6:30 PM
Toronto 6:30 PM
New York
Memphis 7:00 PM
Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Milwaukee 8:00 PM
San Antonio 8:00 PM
Buffalo 2 2nd Prd
Florida 0
Detroit 1 2nd Prd
Nashville 0
Carolina 4:00 PM
NY Islanders
New Jersey 4:00 PM
Arizona 4:30 PM
Toronto 6:00 PM
NY Rangers 7:00 PM
Minnesota 9:00 PM
St. Louis 9:00 PM
Ottawa 9:00 PM
San Jose
Kennesaw St 75 FINAL
Lipscomb 94
Navy 57 FINAL
Loyola-Maryland 47
Bucknell 71 FINAL
American Univ 69
NC State 63 FINAL
Boston College 79
East Carolina 71 FINAL
UCF 66
Georgia Tech 63 FINAL
Clemson 70
Lehigh 55 FINAL
Colgate 61
Louisville 81 FINAL
Florida State 59
Missouri 44 FINAL
Georgia 68
Army 64 FINAL
Lafayette 74
Michigan 56 FINAL
Maryland 66
Georgetown 70 FINAL
St Johns 81
Rhode Island 59 FINAL
La Salle 56
Western Carolina 67 FINAL
Citadel 54
Nebraska Omaha 87 FINAL
Maine 56 FINAL
New Hampshire 65
Samford 80 FINAL
Va Military 69
Presbyterian 53 FINAL
Winthrop 80
Utah State 60 2nd Half 2:44
Air Force 48
Vermont 61 2nd Half 6:54
Albany 63
UMBC 49 2nd Half 7:13
Binghamton 58
Indiana State 52 2nd Half 3:17
Bradley 48
Butler 64 2nd Half 3:29
DePaul 50
Illinois State 52 2nd Half 6:17
Evansville 49
Wright State 39 2nd Half 3:39
Ill-Chicago 51
Fla Gulf Coast 60 2nd Half 3:12
Jacksonville 66
Ole Miss 54 2nd Half 4:33
LSU 66
North Carolina 55 2nd Half 6:22
Miami-Florida 50
Wagner 59 2nd Half 1:03
Mount St Marys 72
TCU 58 2nd Half 2:15
Oklahoma 60
Delaware 60 2nd Half 1:51
Towson 57
Cincinnati 59 2nd Half 3:25
Tulane 36
Dayton 53 2nd Half 3:53
VA Commonwealth 52
Northern Iowa 58 2nd Half 2:31
Wichita State 70
Drexel 70 2nd Half 1:31
William & Mary 57
Oakland 58 2nd Half 2:07
Green Bay 79
Villanova 70 2nd Half 4:22
Xavier 59
Campbell 53 2nd Half 6:11
Longwood 60
Sarah Lawrence 28 2nd Half 15:01
Middle Tennessee 25 1st Half 2:24
UAB 35
UNC-Asheville 36 1st Half 4:01
Liberty 21
Southern Utah 33 1st Half 0:41
North Dakota 22
Utah Valley U 9 1st Half 5:57
Chicago State 18
ULM 10 1st Half 12:57
Appalachian St 10
Bowling Green 6 1st Half 13:48
Miami-Ohio 7
Long Island 2:30 PM
Sacred Heart
West Virginia 3:00 PM
Holy Cross 3:00 PM
Boston Univ
MD-Eastern Shore 3:00 PM
Delaware State
Wofford 3:00 PM
Montana State 3:00 PM
Hofstra 3:00 PM
James Madison
Iowa State 3:00 PM
Kansas State
Arkansas 3:00 PM
Missouri State 3:00 PM
Fordham 3:00 PM
Nicholls 3:00 PM
McNeese State
East Tenn St 3:00 PM
Coppin State 3:00 PM
Morgan State
San Diego 3:00 PM
Gardner-Webb 3:00 PM
St Francis-PA 3:00 PM
Robert Morris
Duquesne 3:00 PM
St Bonaventure
Creighton 3:00 PM
Seton Hall
Oklahoma State 3:00 PM
Texas Tech
Alabama 3:00 PM
Virginia Tech 3:00 PM
Bethune-Cookman 3:00 PM
NC Central
St Francis-NY 3:00 PM
Drake 3:05 PM
Southern Ill
High Point 3:30 PM
Char Southern
Central Conn St 3:30 PM
Eastern Mich 3:30 PM
Western Mich
Texas 4:00 PM
Chattanooga 4:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
SE Louisiana 4:00 PM
Central Arkansas
South Dakota St 4:00 PM
South Dakota
Montana 4:05 PM
Eastern Wash
Georgia State 4:15 PM
Old Dominion 4:30 PM
North Texas
Arkansas State 4:30 PM
Texas State
Texas Southern 5:00 PM
Alabama State
Tennessee St 5:00 PM
Princeton 5:00 PM
Dartmouth 5:00 PM
Tennessee 5:00 PM
Jacksonville St 5:00 PM
Morehead State
San Jose St 5:00 PM
Florida A&M 5:00 PM
Iowa 5:00 PM
Penn State
Loyola Marymount 5:00 PM
Miss State 5:00 PM
South Carolina
Savannah State 5:00 PM
SC State
Miss Valley St 5:30 PM
Jackson State
Alcorn State 5:30 PM
Southern U
Prairie View 6:00 PM
Alabama A&M
Harvard 6:00 PM
George Washington 6:00 PM
Syracuse 6:00 PM
Tenn Tech 6:00 PM
Eastern Ky
UNC-Wilmington 6:00 PM
Stony Brook 6:00 PM
Hampton 6:00 PM
Northwestern 6:00 PM
Western Ill 6:00 PM
IUPU-Ft Wayne
Buffalo 6:00 PM
Kent State
Incarnate Word 6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton 6:00 PM
Long Beach State
TX-San Antonio 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Fla Atlantic 6:00 PM
Richmond 6:00 PM
Saint Josephs
George Mason 6:00 PM
Saint Louis
Austin Peay 6:00 PM
SE Missouri St
Murray State 6:00 PM
UT Martin
Ball State 6:00 PM
Penn 6:00 PM
Milwaukee 6:00 PM
Youngstown St
Stetson 6:00 PM
North Florida
USC Upstate 6:00 PM
Northern Ky
Grand Canyon 6:05 PM
Abilene Christian 6:15 PM
New Orleans
Northeastern 7:00 PM
Coll of Charleston
Tulsa 7:00 PM
Wyoming 7:00 PM
Central Mich 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
Denver 7:00 PM
Oral Roberts
Charlotte 7:00 PM
Boise State 7:00 PM
San Diego St
St Marys-CA 7:00 PM
Santa Clara
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
Southern Miss
Sam Houston St 7:00 PM
New Mexico St 7:00 PM
TX-Pan American
FIU 7:00 PM
Western Ky
Stephen F Austin 7:00 PM
Houston Baptist
Ga Southern 7:15 PM
Ark-Little Rock 7:15 PM
Grambling St 7:30 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Auburn 7:30 PM
Texas A&M
Arizona 8:00 PM
Northern Ariz 8:00 PM
Northern Colorado
UC Davis 9:00 PM
Cal Poly
New Mexico 9:00 PM
Fresno State
BYU 9:00 PM
Pacific 9:00 PM
San Francisco
Idaho State 9:00 PM
Weber State
Sacramento St 9:05 PM
Portland State
UC Riverside 9:30 PM
Washington 9:30 PM
CS-Bakersfield 9:30 PM
UC Irvine 10:59 PM
UC Santa Barbara
Michigan 60 FINAL
Illinois 72
Lipscomb 57 FINAL
Kennesaw St 75
North Florida 45 FINAL
Stetson 77
Samford 65 FINAL
Mercer 70
Liberty 64 FINAL
Campbell 57
North Texas 48 FINAL
Old Dominion 70
St Francis-NY 62 FINAL
Bryant 52
St Francis-PA 58 FINAL
Robert Morris 73
Long Island 71 FINAL
Sacred Heart 78
Sam Houston St 52 FINAL
TX A&M-CC 60
Kent State 59 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 66
Appalachian St 80
Boston U 62 FINAL
Holy Cross 76
Nicholls 73 FINAL
McNeese State 68
Akron 57 2nd Half 4:26
Buffalo 68
Ball State 50 2nd Half 1:48
Western Mich 49
MD-Eastern Shore 68 FINAL
Delaware State 61
Northern Ill 52 FINAL
Eastern Michigan 60
Bowling Green 47 2nd Half 0:51
Ohio U 67
Central Michigan 47 2nd Half 3:50
Toledo 60
Coppin State 42 2nd Half 7:28
Morgan State 62
Bethune-Cookman 50 FINAL
NC Central 33
Central Conn St 77 FINAL
Fairleigh Dickinson 56
Memphis 24 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 87
Georgia Tech 62 2nd Half 5:09
Wake Forest 53
East Carolina 62 2nd Half 4:27
Temple 65
Marist 62 2nd Half 1:21
Rider 53
Michigan State 57 2nd Half 1:16
Purdue 56
Fairfield 72 FINAL
Manhattan 54
Niagara 48 2nd Half 3:31
Iona 73
East Tenn St 42 FINAL
(18) Chattanooga 64
Furman 70 FINAL
Wofford 53
Longwood 58 FINAL
Charleston Southern 51
UNC-Asheville 81 2nd Half 3:49
Coastal Carolina 49
Northern Ky 77 2nd Half 2:07
USC Upstate 60
Winthrop 56 2nd Half 0:58
Presbyterian 50
Western Ill 34 2nd Half 15:50
South Dakota 45
Detroit 62 2nd Half 9:49
Valparaiso 43
Cleveland State 28 1st Half 2:10
Milwaukee 19
Lafayette 17 1st Half 3:47
Army 20
Arkansas State 25 1st Half 0:30
Texas State 39
Georgia State 21 1st Half 3:11
Troy 33
IUPUI 19 1st Half 1:14
South Dakota St 42
Tennessee St 41 2nd Half
Belmont 28
Eastern Illinois 23 1st Half 1:02
SIU-Edwardsville 25
Jacksonville St 34 2nd Half
Morehead St 32
Kansas State 16 2nd Half
TCU 30
Cincinnati 17 2nd Half
SMU 20
SE Louisiana 27 1st Half 0:58
Central Arkansas 37
Denver 21 2nd Half
Nebraska Omaha 20
Tulane 26 1st Half 2:57
Tulsa 27
IUPU-Ft Wayne 24 1st Half 2:39
Oral Roberts 34
Air Force 3:00 PM
Utah State
San Diego State 3:00 PM
Boise State
Fresno State 3:00 PM
New Mexico
Florida A&M 3:00 PM
Gonzaga 3:00 PM
South Florida 3:00 PM
UCLA 3:00 PM
(3) Baylor 3:00 PM
Iowa State
Miss Valley St 3:00 PM
Jackson State
Tenn Tech 3:00 PM
Eastern Kentucky
UMKC 3:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Seattle 3:00 PM
Texas Southern 3:00 PM
Alabama State
Santa Clara 3:00 PM
St Marys-CA
UNLV 3:00 PM
Savannah State 3:00 PM
SC State
Alcorn State 3:00 PM
Southern U
Bucknell 3:00 PM
American Univ
Oakland 3:00 PM
Eastern Washington 3:00 PM
Idaho 3:00 PM
Montana State
Weber State 3:00 PM
Idaho State
Radford 3:00 PM
High Point
Green Bay 3:30 PM
Youngstown St
Austin Peay 3:30 PM
SE Missouri St
Wagner 3:30 PM
Mount St Marys
Portland 4:00 PM
San Diego
Nevada 4:00 PM
San Jose St
Stephen F Austin 4:00 PM
Houston Baptist
Incarnate Word 4:00 PM
Abilene Christian 4:00 PM
New Orleans
Pepperdine 4:00 PM
Loyola Marymount
San Francisco 4:00 PM
Prairie View 4:00 PM
Alabama A&M
Hampton 4:00 PM
Chicago State 4:00 PM
Utah Valley U
Murray State 4:00 PM
UT Martin
Cal Poly 4:00 PM
Marshall 4:00 PM
Florida Atlantic
Portland State 4:00 PM
Sacramento St
UC Santa Barbara 4:00 PM
UC Davis
Western Ky 5:00 PM
UAB 5:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
Georgia Southern 5:00 PM
Grambling 5:00 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Ark-Little Rock 5:00 PM
Cornell 5:00 PM
Columbia 5:00 PM
Brown 5:00 PM
(14) Princeton
USC 5:00 PM
Washington St
(24) California 5:00 PM
(7) Oregon State
Yale 6:00 PM
Loyola-Maryland 6:00 PM
Jacksonville 6:00 PM
(21) Fla Gulf Coast
Long Beach St 6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Rice 6:00 PM
Colgate 6:30 PM
CS-Northridge 7:00 PM
Kansas 7:00 PM
Oklahoma St 7:00 PM
Texas Tech
TX-Pan American 8:00 PM
New Mexico St
North Dakota 8:00 PM
Southern Utah
Northern Colorado 9:00 PM
Northern Ariz
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