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Husky Men's Basketball

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January 16, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Oregon guard not turnover prone

Good story from the Eugene Register-Guard today on Oregon guard Churchill Odia, who has committed just two turnovers in 139 minutes of action this season.
Odia, a 6-6 junior, became a starter three games ago after the Ducks lost their Pac-10 opener at Arizona State, replacing Tajuan Porter. Oregon has gone 3-0 since then with Odia having no turnovers in 85 minutes of action in Pac-10 play.
As the story points out, Oregon is third in the Pac-10 in fewest turnovers committed trailing only the much-slower-paced Arizona State and Washington State. Oregon is losing just 13.1 per game.
UW is on the other end of the spectrum, ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in turnovers at 15.4 ahead of only USC (15.6).
That is obviously a difference of about two-and-a-half possessions per game, which can mean a swing of 8-10 points.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said on Tuesday that he thought the Huskies had a handle on the turnover situation earllier in the season but that it is again a concern — UW has lost 49 in three Pac-10 games.
“I felt like we had been doing a decent job with our turnovers and there’s been a little bit of slippage there so we worked yesterday to try to help with that so hopefully we will be better this weekend,” he said.
Of UW’s 20 turnovers at USC Saturday, Romar said four were on post feeds, which he said was “not good.” But he said another four were hustle plays that didn’t work out, such as Joel Smith stepping on the end line trying to save a ball.
“They were just hustle plays, players trying to do the right thing,” he said.
Romar said if there is a theme to the turnovers “it would be more in the passing than anything.”
But he said he thinks the problems are fixable.
“There’s a certain negative rhythm when you are turning the ball over to where it’s really bad to where you sense we’ve got no control over this thing and we are wild,” he said. “But I didn’t sense that (with the Huskies).”

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