Gophers' Basketball Reserves Running Low on Impact

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Gophers' Basketball Reserves Running Low on Impact
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MADISON, WIS. - One of the top descriptors used to characterize this Gophers men's basketball team at the start of the season was "deep." Coach Tubby Smith was playing 10, 11, 12 guys, and for the most part, the reserves were giving the starters breaks, scoring at a decent clip, keeping the team in the game -- all the things you want a productive bench to do. But the No. 12 Gophers' "depth" has gone from a strength to a liability, with Smith consistently playing bunches of reserves in lengthy stretches -- often all at once -- even while the production has fallen significantly.

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