So because I'm a sports fan and I used to listen to the Gophers at Purdue on an am radio and play myself in nerf hoops, I am a Gophers basketball fan, although casual in nature these days because of their mediocrity and time restraints. So last night I turn the game on, Gophers vs Northwestern, and sorta pay attention as the lead changes during the second half.
Then, in a tie game, the Gophers get a defensive rebound with 35.9 seconds left, meaning they can hold the ball for the last shot because of the 35 second shot clock. But NOOOOO, not a team that plays under Tubby Smith, best of the worst coaches ever. This kid gets the rebound, heads up court as quickly as possible, beats his guy on the dribble to the baseline, jumps high in the air, realizes he has no shot at the basket and no passing lanes then throws a cross court bounce pass through the lane to a teammate who was not in any position to do anything if the pass had gotten through. The ref says Northwestern ball, I cuss, then they reconvene and give the Gophers the ball back.
This is why I can't pay to close attention to this team. How can a DI college basketball player not recognize the most obvious of situations? Why isn't his coach planting a size 15 up his a$$? Although, Tubby's teams have demonstrated that they rank in the bottom 4 percent of all DI teams when it comes to half-court execution in the last five minutes of a game.