Several times, i've discussed the differences between the ISU program and Minnesota over the last two years. I'm really, really impressed with Tubby Smith at the U of MN...and i think the same can happen at ISU, though it will be harder without the consistent pipeline of talent that the Twin Cities has. Today's Star Trib has an excellent article about what Tubby has done to turn around the Gophers. It's a great read, as it goes along ways to talk about how Tubby went about turning around one of the worst basketball programs in the six major conferences. Tubby Smith: MinnesotaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new rouser This team, in my estimation, has the same level of talent that ISU has, maybe slightly more. The gophers are a worse offensive team than ISU (if that's possible), but have more athletic players, which has made them a better defensive and rebounding team. They play well in transition, but can't score in the half court set to save their life. And yet they're on the bubble for the NCAA (i don't think they'll make it, but ya never know). This is the type of turnaround i envision at ISU in the next several years: attitude, motivation, and athleticism. I hope it's possible.