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Video: Tom Izzo reacts to Tubby Smith's firing

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Tom Izzo Reacts to Tubby Smith Getting Fired

During his Monday morning press conference with reporters, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was asked about Minnesota’s decision today to fire Tubby Smith as the Golden Gophers head basketball coach. Watch Izzo’s reaction and answer in this video clip. The Michigan State coach takes a sip of water and then takes a long pause before answering. “Tubby’s a good friend of mine,” Izzo said. “So that does hit me a little bit harder.”

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Dienhart: 'It's Shaka Smart or bust'

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Minnesota Announces Tubby Smith Firing

Tubby Smith did many good things while head coach at Minnesota. He won some big games, advanced the program to three NCAA tourneys and two NITs in six years on the job. But, the school decided today that all of that wasn’t enough. Smith was fired. Now what for the Golden Gophers, who join Northwestern as Big Ten schools in search of a coach?

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Twitter: Reaction to Tubby Smith's firing

Nov 27, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tubby Smith during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Doyle Reacts to Tubby Smith Firing

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Tubby Smith is out at Minnesota. The coach was fired Monday, one day after the Gophers were knocked out of the NCAA tourney. Smith, 61, spent six seasons in Minneapolis, tallying a 124-81 overall mark (.605), including 46-62 (.426) in the Big Ten. The Gophers made three NCAA tourney appearances under Smith, however they only went 1-3. See the Twitter reaction to Smith’s firing in this post.

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Where does Big Ten start rank in NCAA history?

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2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Analysis: Ohio State vs. Iowa State

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With a 10-3 record and four teams advancing to the Sweet 16, how did the Big Ten’s start to the NCAA tourney compare to the best in NCAA history? That’s a great question, and BTN.com turned to its resident statistician, Chris Antonacci, for the answer. See the numbers in this post.

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Florida holds off Minnesota, 78-64

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2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Analysis: Minnesota vs. Florida

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Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year with a 78-64 win Sunday in the South Regional.

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