The Panthers are committing 13.6 turnovers per game. That's 1.5 more per game than last season. Dixon said that doesn't sound like much, but "they all add up."
Point guard Tray Woodall has 70 turnovers in 19 games, which is almost four per game. That's too high for a point guard. Dixon said Woodall's injury is part of the problem, but when he is in the game he has to do a better job of protecting the ball.
Woodall is one of many players on the roster with butter hands this season. Nasir Robinson has 72 turnovers, which is a high number for a power forward with limited ball handling responsibilities. Ashton Gibbs has 55 and Lamar Patterson 49.
"Turnovers have been hurting us throughout the whole season," Patterson said. "I think when teams put [the press] on we speed ourselves up and don't take our time. We just have to take our time bringing it up and make a lot more smarter decisions.
"It's hard to win games when your turnovers are high. If we cut down on turnovers it means we'll have more looks at the basket. We want to cut down on the turnovers so we can more opportunities on the offensive end."
I'll have more on the turnover issue in a story in tomorrow's paper.
Onto some other notes from practice today:
*Dante Taylor said he is more confident finishing around the hoop than he was earlier in the season. He said it stems from practicing better. He said the last week and a half of practice has been as good as it has been all season from a team perspective.
*Taylor is playing well, but he'll have his hands full Saturday against Connecticut freshman Andre Drummond, who is one of the top rookies in the league. That matchup could go a long way in determining the outcome of the game.
*Pitt and Connecticut are playing a game as unranked opponents for the first time in nearly 15 years. The previous time the Huskies and Panthers met when neither team was ranked was in a Big East tournament game on March 5, 1997. Pitt won that game, 63-62.
"Still two great programs," Patterson said. "I know we're going to come out fighting."
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