Gophers extend Smith through 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the university through the 2016-17 season. He is 103-68 entering his sixth season with the Gophers.

Smith has yet to win an NCAA tournament game since leaving Kentucky and coming to Minnesota. But the Gophers rallied in March after another below-average performance in Big Ten play to reach the NIT championship game and finish with 23 victories.

Smith originally signed a seven-year deal, so the extension adds three seasons to his contract. Terms weren't immediately available.

In a statement distributed by the university, Smith said he believes "we can get the job done here."


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