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(Associated Press) Gopher coach Tubby Smith directs his team against Northwestern at the Big Ten tournament March 10 in Indianapolis.

Tubby insists Gophers will improve after down season

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By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tubby Smith's fourth year at Minnesota was his most disappointing, stopping his streak of 17 straight 20-win seasons and leaving the stunned and depleted Gophers out of not only the NCAA tournament but the NIT.

The streak was the longest active run among major college coaches. This was also the first time Smith missed the postseason since 1993.

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