FSN's Mary Murphy Gives Her Tip of the Week

Dec. 19, 2006


Here's your 'Tip of the Week' from Fox Sports Net (FSN) basketball analyst and former college basketball coach, Mary Murphy.

It's a new season of Pac-10 women's basketball and time to commence a third year of basketball 'tips'. Let's start out with some 'coach-speak.' If you listen to interviews with basketball coaches you will hear the same mantra again and again, 'we must take care of the basketball.' In other words, if we turn the ball over as much as we have been, we will have a hard time winning basketball games.

A turnover is the worst possible result from an offensive possession. It can be a bad pass, poor ball handling skills, a traveling call, an offensive foul, a three-second in-the-lane call, a double-dribble, the offensive player gets tied up by the defense or simply not being able to get the ball inbounded in five seconds. Turnovers can be caused by indecision, lack of teamwork, lack of communication, lack of confidence, poor vision, poor decision-making or your opponent is just better than you are and takes the ball away.

The bottom line on turnovers is this--when you turn the ball over your team loses an opportunity to shoot the ball. Considering that most good teams only make 45%-50% of the shots they take, turnovers will greatly impact every Pac-10 basketball game this season. Those that have a low turnover margin will give themselves a much better chance of winning ball games. Those teams that turn the ball over with great frequency will struggle to score points and their defense will need to make many more stops to stay in the ball game.

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