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February 17, 2010Coach Ben Howland conducted a press conference on Tuesday. The following is a summary of the key points he discussed:
Per coach Howland, James Keefe is “unlikely for this weekend”. He may be able to play in the final four regular season games, but that is unclear. Keefe will probably need surgery when the season is over.
In order for the team to improve, the level of turnovers must be reduced. The Bruins lead the conference in turnovers right now. SC scored many of their points Sunday night off of turnovers.
The USC loss was particularly embarrassing because UCLA out rebounded the Trojans by a large margin.
J'mison Morgan will have an opportunity to get more playing time this weekend. Also, Brendan Lane will get more time, although it is not clear if he will start.
Washington State will be a very difficult opponent on their own floor. They are now starting the equivalent of four guards and are very difficult to match up with. In the first game against WSU, the Bruins played very well in the zone. It is critical for everyone to know where Klay Thompson is on the floor. The combination of Thompson and Reggie Moore is one of the best guard tandems in the conference. Thompson is very likely a future NBA player.
WSU has lost a lot of close games and is a very sound team. They have recently played some 2-3 zone and may mix their defenses against the Bruins.
From a pure travel standpoint the trip to Pullman is the most difficult in the league. The Bruins will have to fly from Los Angeles to Seattle to Spokane and then bus to Pullman. It could amount to as long as a 12 hour trip in total.