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Friday, February 10, 2012

Turnovers irking Auriemma

Geno Auriemma was not a happy camper as practice wore on Thursday afternoon. With a game coming up against Georgetown, it was a perfect time to get some work done against pressure and trapping defenses. He had his starters working against male practice players who were being coached up by associate head coach Chris Dailey to make things as difficult as possible.

If Auriemma didn't have to be in Rocky Hill later that evening for a special taping of his show on CPTV, he may had been there all night long until his team had gotten it right. Finally, an exasperated Auriemma brought an end to practice after yet another turnover.

When the subject of turnovers was brought up by during Auriemma's time with the media, Auriemma's response was dripping with sarcasm.

"I am (thrilled) that we have more turnovers than field goals," Auriemma said. "I want to even out the playing field, we've won so many games in a row, we've won so many Big East championships in a row that I think it's an opportunity for us to give other teams a chance to win is something I think we owe to the rest of the league so Saturday we are going to continue to throw the ball away and make dumb ass mistakes because we feel like it is good for the game. It keeps the game competitive and helps us build parity in our league and around the country. We are instructing our players to throw it away as (often) as they can and they are listening to us.

"I said when the season started if we don't turn the ball over, we have a chance to be a really, really good team. If you are a young and immature team, when you are going good, it just keeps getting better and better and when you start throwing it away, it keeps getting worse and worse. We'll go through games when we'll have seven or eight and we'll go through games when we have 27. I can't explain it."

UConn had more assists than turnovers in 12 of the first 13 games of the season but in the last 11 games, the Huskies have more turnovers than assists four times and in two other games managed just one more assist than turnover. In Tuesday's win at Louisville, the Huskies had an uncharacteristic 22 turnovers versus 11 assists.

"It's a huge concern, even in practice we are turning the ball over," UConn junior guard Caroline Doty said. "It get frustrating when you are turning the ball over and it gets contagious and it just deflates your confidence. Your other teammates get mad, you get mad and frustrated and it is not pretty. The fact that we had 27 turnovers in a game (in an overtime loss to Notre Dame), that is unacceptable. We need to work on it. That is our No. 1 thing because we are our biggest monsters right now."

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Anonymous Leonard said...

It would seem to me, (My daughter played point guard in HS), that there are several kinds of turnovers: 1) Careless ones, dumb ones, perhaps tired ones and THOSE THAT ARE BROUGHT ABOUT BY GOOD DEFENSIVE EFFORT BY THE OTHER TEAM. If a person on the opposing team is quick and perceptive there will be turnovers. Perhaps the question should be: which team has the most turnovers?

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