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  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 21, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Perhaps most impressive in beating Dallas was the play of point guard Ricky Rubio, who recorded his third career triple-double with 22 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

While Rubio’s shooting has been harped on a lot, he has really turned a corner lately, going 8-for-12 from the field Wednesday and 20-for-44 (45 percent) over the past six games. Rubio also is leading the NBA in steals at 2.45 per game, and is fourth in assists at 8.6 per game.

Jottings

• Timberwolves President Flip Saunders talking about former Wolves player/executive Fred Hoiberg coaching Iowa State to the Big 12 tournament title. “He has had great success because he’s a college coach that basically runs a lot of pro stuff. Players are very attuned and he has players that want to go there and play in that kind of system, hoping that it’ll maybe help them get to the next level, and Freddie has a very good demeanor. It was nice to see him [at the Big 12 tournament last weekend]. They have a great following. I was at that game prior to them playing Kansas, but they had 6,000 people travel to Kansas City for the tournament. They have a great following in that state.” Hoiberg and the Cyclones face North Carolina Central in the NCAA tournament Friday.

• Former Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith was at the boys’ basketball state tournament at Target Center on Saturday, looking for players to recruit for Texas Tech. Smith still is bitter about being fired by Minnesota after he won a 2013 NCAA tournament game. He claims he recruited a good class and that the Red Raiders will be better next year.

• Wheeler Baker, a member of the Star Tribune All-Metro basketball team from Osseo, is a recruit of Albany, a smaller Division I program that gave No. 1 overall seed Florida a tough contest before losing 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.

• Amir Coffey, the son of former Gophers center Richard Coffey, is already a four-star recruit being courted by all the top colleges as a Hopkins sophomore. But it’s good news for Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino that Amir is being quoted as saying he wants to play at Minnesota like his father did. Coffey’s 60-foot shot at the end of the fourth overtime lifted Hopkins over Shakopee 49-46 in the Class 4A semifinals last week.

• University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is a great basketball fan and attended the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

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