Miami Hurricanes defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 63-58

MIAMI - Following his team's second loss in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., on Sunday, Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith tried to use the moment as a recruiting pitch.

"Probably weather, that's why we did it," Smith joked about his team's back-to-back trips to California over Thanksgiving weekend and Miami on Wednesday for a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against the undefeated Hurricanes. "We just want to be a part of this environment and weather. ... It's why they c...

CORAL GABLES, FLA. - Tubby Smith's postgame Q&A with reporters had a familiar tone.

The Gophers didn't execute down the stretch, the coach said. They missed too many free throws. The season's long, Smith emphasized, why worry about NCAA basketball tournament implications now? And besides, the team is already looking forward to the next game.

But in the middle of his news conference, Smith admitted even he's not sure he's got his 4-3 team figured out after a 63-58 los...