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Gopher men's hoops team is broken and there is only one fix

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I like to consider myself a level headed Minnesota sports fan (if that thing truly exists) I'm not a bandwagon guy and support (not blindly) the local teams. In my 39 years, I have witnessed three World Championships (2 Twins, Lynx) which was incredibly sweet. Those moments have been few and far between and the majority of the time I have spent my sports fandom miring in mediocrity. I don't call for a coaching change for change sake, however the next time a rumor begins about Tubby Smith leaving the University of Minnesota I will have but one sarcastic thing to say.

No Tubby, don't go, please.

After losing to two top five teams (Indiana and Michigan) I was ready to give you a pass. Your team gave a lackluster performance against Northwestern and for me it was the last straw. How can I expect your team to win a game they shouldn't when they can't finish a game they should.

The No. 14 Gophers scored 19 second half points against Northwestern in their third consecutive loss and in the process shot just 33 percent from the floor and were a mere 7 of 17 from the free-throw line.

Smith ripped into his team after the Michigan loss questioning his teams intestinal fortitude. He did so again Wednesday night. Maybe the problem isn't his players, maybe it's him.

Think back through the Tubby Smith era and you can count on one hand the number of games his team has won that they shouldn't have. Reverse the roles and the result is ugly.

With Wisconsin on the horizon Saturday, the three game losing streak could quickly become four and a team that bracketologists had as a three seed in the big dance is very rapidly sliding. This team lacks the mental toughness to overcome any adversity and has found itself down by 20 against Indiana and Michigan and was without a pulse against Northwestern. Those are leadership traits passed on by the coach.

If Gopher fans weren't irate following the two game slide, they should be now and if they are serious about this program taking the next step, it needs to be without Smith because the bottom line is Tubby can't get us there. In his six years here he has never had a better than .500 Big Ten record and never finished higher than sixth place in the conference.

That is not good enough for me and it should be for Gopher fans either.

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