Turnover Trail Continues For WVU Despite All Manner of Fix Attempts
West Virginia assistant basketball coach Ron Everhart, who works with the Mountaineer guards, has had a tough season. Despite repeated teachings and reviews, the Mountaineers continue to turn the ball over at a disturbing rate. With 370 turnovers through 23 games, WVU stands 338th nationally (out of 351 teams) in total giveaways. The per game average, 16.1, ranks just slightly better, slotting West Virginia at 331st in the country.
Everhart, along with the rest of the coaching staff, has left no stone unturned in efforts to cut down those numbers.
“We have done things that Coach Huggins has done in back in high school, and everywhere he has been, to try to address what we have been dealing with,” Everhart said on Thursday. “The frustrating thing is that we keep making same mistakes. We just have to stay after it try to get guys to understand a bit better. Game film is a big part of that.”
Everhart has been using video review to try to hammer home the mistakes, and what has been causing them. With practice time limited, and some allotted to preparation for upcoming opponents, there can’t be a hug uptick in the amount of time devoted to fundamentals, such as not holding the ball overhead before passing it, or for failures to maintain triple threat position with the ball. Those are skills that have been either lacking, or missing in action for West Virginia this year.
“You do try to adjust your practice schedule to accommodate that,” Everhart said of doing everything possible to halt, or at least slow, the turnover avalanche. “Those are things we have been doing for a while.”
West Virginia’s guards have 180 assists against 157 turnovers this year. Overall, only five Mountaineerss have more assists than turnovers.
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Everhart said he had not discussed Saturday’s tripping incident with Logan Routt, who was assessed a Flagrant II foul and ejected from the Texas Tech game after pinning the leg of Red Raider Mike Mooney when the latter fell into the Mountaineer bench. WVU has suspended Routt for the first half of Saturday’s game against Texas.
“I have been out on the road recruiting, but I am sure Coach Huggins has talked with him about that,” Everhart said. “Logan is a really good kid, and those of us that are around him every day understand that.”
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Everhart aptly summed up WVU’s season with his closing note to the host of Thursday’s Big 12 basketball teleconference:
“I appreciate the well wishes. We need them.”