After winning four of five games (the lone loss coming in overtime), a somewhat disillusioned UCLA team carries a two-game losing streak heading into tonight's game at Washington State.
The Bruins committed a combined 36 turnovers in losses to California and USC. Before then, UCLA had a season-low five turnovers in a home win over Stanford.
Sophomore point guard Malcolm Lee, who made the switch from shooting guard earlier this season, had six turnovers against the Trojans and five against the Golden Bears.
At the team's weekly news conference Tuesday, Lee was asked if he wanted to be UCLA's point guard.
"Yeah, I want to be a point guard," he said sternly. At the off-guard spot earlier in the season, Lee put up as many as 23 shots. Now he's handling the ball a lot more and is being forced to make decisions.
"Coach [Ben Howland] has me there, so I think that's where they want me," Lee added.
Though Lee has admitted he plays "too sped up" at times, he acknowledges ball-handlers can't be passive. UCLA needs to be aggressive, yet careful. To borrow a few words from John Wooden: "Be quick, but don't hurry."
"You still have to play," Lee said.
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid put it best when talking about UCLA's turnover struggles:
"The basketball is the best girlfriend you’ll ever have, so you better treat her right," Abdul-Hamid said. "We haven’t been doing that lately."