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Smith, who won a national title at Kentucky and was credited with building solid programs at Georgia and Tulsa, doesn’t seem to have the answers this time around.

“I don’t have anything I can do to wave a magic wand,” Smith said. “It’s called hard work.”

The Gophers have road games at Iowa on Sunday and Penn State on Thursday looming. More performances similar to the one they gave against Illinois could doom them.

“We’re just hurting ourselves,” star forward Trevor Mbakwe said. “The last couple games we’re just beating ourselves with the lapses we’ve had.

“The spirits are still high,” he said. “I still believe we’re going to make the tournament and this is just a little bump in the road right now.”

Earlier this week, Smith called out Mbakwe for recent subpar performances. The message hit home and Mbakwe had 17 points and 16 rebounds against Illinois.

After calling out the rest of the team, maybe Smith is hoping it will have the same effect.

“We’re all still hungry,” Mbakwe said. “We all still believe in each other, believe in the team, believe in the system. We’ve just got to come out with some wins.”