After taking last couple of days off (relegating the job of covering the best basketball program America to Trojan beat reporters) Diane Pucin checked into Morgan Center yesterday. She filed this report focusing on Shipp’s recent slump from the three point territory. JS has gone 0 for 15 from behind the arc in our last three games while the whole team hasn’t done any better connecting on only 7 of our last 44 3 point attempts:
"A lot of teams are running at me a lot harder," he said. "I need to play in the flow of the game, not force any shots."
UCLA Coach Ben Howland agreed that Shipp is being guarded better. "People are really running at Josh," he said. "[But] Josh did a lot of other good things to help us win and ultimately it's about winning."
Shipp, who is shooting about 37% from three-point range this season even after missing his last 15, said he is optimistic when he watches film.
"I'm taking good shots," he said. "I'm missing them long or short, not left or right, so if I keep shooting the ball, eventually they will fall in."
Another kid who did a lot of good things on Sunday night was Luc. Coach Howland gave a little update on Luc’s ankle:
Looking at the USC from Howland’s perspective of field goal percentage plus turnovers, the Trojans’ 46.5% shooting for the game (20-43) turns into 30.8% (20-65) after adding in their 22 turnovers. For the season, UCLA’s field-goal percentage defense of 42.3% turns into "32.8%" once turnovers are added in.
Than again, UCLA’s own field-goal percentage of 48.1% melts to "39.0%" once the Bruins’ own turnovers are included.
When the Bruins visited Oregon State last month, the Beavers trailed by four points at the half before falling by 23.
"(Howland) probably will mention that, now that I think about it," Collison said. "We were only up by four. That's what makes this conference so good. Even the worst team can hang with you, I guess."
"As far as Sean Carter, there will be some disciplinary actions taken on his behavior," Oregon State interim coach Kevin Mouton said.
"That was not acceptable, once I figured out everything that happened Friday at practice."
According to the Seattle Times, after a confrontation at the conclusion of Washington's practice Friday in Corvallis, Ore., a Beaver that Washington players and coaches identified as Jones "left a voice message for Huskies guard Joel Smith, asking UW players to come to the parking lot" of Washington's hotel "and fight."
All kidding assign our guys cannot come out in this game like they did against Washington. If they come out this game focused and with purpose they will be able to get the entire team involved and get some much needed mins for our younger guys (yeah by "young" we don’t mean 21 year old freshman) and also rest for Luc’s ankle and our backcourt guys heading into Saturday and beyond.