The turnover issue

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Florida’s mounting turnovers are a concern heading down the stretch of the 2009-2010 season.

Though the Gators are currently fourth in the Southeastern Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.13, Florida has a negative ratio over its last four games. Florida has dished 50 assists to 62 turnovers during that span.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said the ratio is somewhat misleading because the Gators have shot for a low percentage in some of the games and haven’t had many assists. But Donovan admitted the Gators must do a better job taking care of the ball. Sophomore point guard Erving Walker has 19 turnovers over his last four games.

“Certainly Erving has to do a better job,” Donovan said. “I would say less of our team and more of Erving doing a better job, because I think if you look at the last three games, he’s had 14 turnovers and that’s really been uncharacteristic of him, and Kenny (Boynton) has done a pretty good job taking care of the basketball. I think we can do a better job there.”

Donovan said he will continue to have Chandler Parsons and Boynton help bring the ball up the court to take some pressure off Walker. Florida committed a season-worst 2o turnovers last Wednesday at South Carolina.

“If your turnovers on the road are between 12-14, you’ve done a pretty good job,” Donovan said. “I think we’ve probably six or seven plays in the game that I’m sure they wish they would have had back, too. And I think on some of turnovers, they led to some baskets for them and led to some bad things for us because we were shooting such a high percentage from the field.”