Minnesota wore down the Rabbits at the end, but the Gophers really didn't exploit their size advantage getting out rebounded on the offensive glass by an undersized SDSU team. I am REALLY disappointed with Ralph Sampson's continued desire to be a point guard. I can't tell you how many times I saw him step out of the paint and go out to the arch. He would mess up the spacing for the guards and leave no post presence down low. When he would stay down low the Gophers were able to get good looks from the 3 point circle and hit the boards, but Ralph just REFUSES to stay down on the blocks and use his 250+ lb. body to his advantage.
The Gophers are really going to struggle come B1G season because they have no one other than Mbakwe that will bang down low. Also, when Mbakwe and Sampson get into foul trouble there will be absolutely NO presence in the paint and our shooting guards are too inconsistent to keep us in a game. Eliason looks like a big clumsy oaf that has no business playing in the B1G.
I'm hoping that these two games are just stepping stones and that Ralph and crew will embrace their proper roles and stay disciplined in those roles. Unfortunately I can also see the Gophers remaining sloppy and being lucky to play in the NIT this year.
Someone PLEASE head slap Sampson into embracing the reality that he is a CENTER not a guard! Uggh!
We have forty-four defenses for him, but he has forty-five ways to score. ~Al Attles, on Nate Archibald