The Huskies arrived back in Storrs around 2:30 a.m. last night and were back at it this morning.
The bus ride home from UConn’s 0-2 week in Jersey wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughs.
“You heard a lot of crickets, didn’t hear much of any talking at all,” said freshman Andre Drummond. “Everybody was pretty quiet, or sleeping.”
Sunday morning practice, though, was as intense a session as UConn has had this season (at least from what the media has seen). Jim Calhoun, as you’d expect, was extremely vocal as the Huskies spent 45 minutes working against a 2-3 zone.
Some points of interest from practice:
*Jim Calhoun on the team: “We all have the short-term memory, otherwise we’d be institutionalized some place, of thinking of all the bad things. They thought about all the good things and kind of forgot the hard work.”
“Kemba was a unique human being, besides being a terrific basketball player. They just played – they didn’t know any better. They watched Kemba and they just played. It should be over by now – they had six or seven months of everybody telling them how great they were.”
* Now, after getting thoroughly outplayed by two unranked teams, the Huskies must respond versus West Virginia.
Here’s how Calhoun put it: “Life’s all about getting up in the morning, hopefully it’s a good morning, smooth sailing. Other times you get knocked on your ass. It’s not about how you get knocked on your ass, it’s about how you get up, what you do after that. We got knocked on our ass the last couple of games, off our kilter a little bit.”
* Calhoun said Niels Giffey will get his second consecutive start. He added that the coaching staff is trying to find minutes for Roscoe Smith, who he says fits as a four rather than a three.