Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/23/11

Last night I committed a cardinal sin for a sportswriter. I developed the game-story idea before the game had been played. I've become fascinated with Florida State's ability to turn the ball over, and I've been wanting to chart every turnover for a game and see if I could identify the trends that make their turnover rate so high (currently 333rd nationally). The problem would have come if FSU had one of those rare games when they don't turn the ball over. But they were playing Florida. It was on ESPNU. So I traded my gameday whiskey for a laptop and set to work.

1. 18:46    Okaro White Turnover. An Xavier Gibson blocked shot leads to a 2-on-2 FSU fast break. Michael Snaer pulls up from 12' but instead of shooting he dumps it underneath to Okaro White. White loses the ball after he was undercut by Patric Young. Quote from announcer Jimmy Dykes: "that's a foul." Diagnosis: Crappy officiating.

2. 17:41    Bernard James Turnover. Half court set and James spins into a double team and gets stripped by Erik Murphy. Diagnosis: Poor court awareness.

3. 14:23    Luke Loucks Turnover. Transition off a UF turnover, and Loucks goes no-look from the top of the key toward Deividas Dulkys on the elbow extended. Not sure why he went with the no-look pass seing that no one was guarding either player, but he did make a nice pass to assistant coach John Pelphrey. Diagnosis: Bad decision.

Jimmy Dykes quote (camera on Patric Young): "Look at that body. 7% body fat!"

4. 7:37    Jeff Peterson Turnover. Jeff Peterson brings the ball up the court, sees the trap developing just across mid-court, dribbles directly into it and has his pass tipped when he tries to pass over the top of two much larger players. Diagnosis: Poor court awareness.

5. 6:58    Xavier Gibson Turnover. Michael Snaer hits the deck after he's nearly stripped. He recovers and finds an unguarded Gibson in the corner. Rather than step in and take a 15 footer the 6'11 Gibson decides to drive and promptly dribbles the ball off his knee and out of bounds. Diagnosis: Poor fundamentals, bad decision and big knees.

Jimmy Dykes quote (camera on Patric Young): "Wow, what a body. 7% body fat!"

6. 5:35    Jon Kreft Turnover. Kreft (Joe Kreft according to the announcers - all game) gets the ball in great position on the block. While he surveys the court he decides to do so while taking a few lazy dribbles and Erik Murphy easily pokes it away. Diagnosis: Poor fundamentals.

7. 3:57    Michael Snaer Turnover. After a UF three pointer Bernard James tries to beat the Gator defense down the court, which he does. Michael Snaer attempts the 30' lob pass but it's just a hair short and gets contested, tips off James' fingers, and goes out of bounds. Diagnosis: Tough break.

8. 1:40    Bernard James Turnover. Bernard James gets the ball on the left wing after his man (Patric Young) bizzarely decides to chase the Luke Loucks halfway across the court. Loucks, meanwhile, runs like hell (and you have to imagine the Jimmy Dykes jealousy at this point) and kicks the ball back to James. James has the opportunity to take it to 10' and put up a shot. Instead he drives to drive to the rim and shovels the ball to Gibson. The pass wasn't very accurate, and Gibson wasn't ready. Diagnosis: Bad decision, bad chemistry.

Jimmy Dykes quote (camera on Patric Young): "He's a dude. You can quote me on that."

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