Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tubby tacks on No. 400

The Minnesota Gophers mens basketball team ventured to Ann Arbor, Michigan tonight to take on the University of Michigan Wolverines.

The verdict? A 77-65 victory for Minnesota, win number 13 on the season.

The importance? Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith earned his 400th NCAA Division-I victory.

Fittingly, it was the Gophers seniors who led the way. The trio of Dan Coleman, Lawrence McKenzie and Spencer Tollackson combined for 49 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in cementing their coach's milestone victory.

Having a seven-year contract signed, twenty wins-per-season would put Smith in the 500-win club by the 2012-2013 season. For the moment, however, Smith's Gophers have the rest of 2008 and an NCAA tournament bid to play for.

Defeating the Wolverines gives Minnesota its third conference victory, improving them to sixth place among Big Ten competition.

Conversely, the Wolverines fall to 5-16 (1-8 Big Ten) as memories of Chris Webber, Juwan Howard and the famous Fab Five seem like a faded memory these days.

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