Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is in a good place, best he’s been in since his surprising move from Kentucky 3½ years ago. He just finished 10 practices prepping for this week’s three-game trip to Vancouver and two of his stars are rid of their previous issues — one legal, one academic. Smith is also fresh off a life-changing trip to Africa that included missionary work as well as a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. And he’s a grandfather for the first time as his eldest son G.G., an assistant at Loyola (Md.), and his wife are the new parents of a baby girl.