Dana Altman said Tuesday morning during his Pac-12 coaches conference call that starting freshman point guard Dominic Artis is still 'Day-to-day' with an undisclosed foot injury. Artis has been withheld from the past three games and the Ducks have gone 1-2 over that time.
Without Dominic Artis on the floor Oregon is averaging a national worst 21.6 turnovers per game.
"He's closer...I am kind of [taking it]day to day right now...I am hoping to get him pretty quickly," said Dana Altman.
Altman says there isn't a set date on his return but when asked if he could play this weekend he said, "That would be ideal but I am not sure where that's at..."
The 6-foot-1 guard has played in 19 games this season and averages a team-high 3.8 assists per game while scoring 10.2 pints and grabbing 2.5 rebounds.
Since Artis has been out the Ducks have been bit hard by the turnover bug. In the three games missing Artis Oregon has turned the ball over 65 times or 21.6 times per game, or the most of all college basketball.
"I think it has to be part of it," Altman said of Artis' injury playing a role in turnovers. "We were trending that way though...we started the league really well though. We had that number at a reasonable number that we could live with and then we sped it up against UCLA and USC but nothing near the last three games."
Altman says fixing the turnover issue requires the staff "simplifying things" and working with the players to simply play smarter basketball.
Oregon hosts Colorado (14-7, 5-4) on Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Tip is set for 7 pm PST and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
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