UConn, back from 11,000 miles of travel, takes on Stony Brook Sunday afternoon. For Kevin Ollie and Co., it’s only the second game played in the U.S. this season. For Steve Pikiell’s Seawolves, it caps a weekend double-header: Stony Brook (4-1) defeated Canisius Saturday.
The Huskies (4-1) are without their “rock,” as Kevin Ollie likes to say, in redshirt senior sixth man R.J. Evans (sternalclavicular sprain). It will be interesting to see how UConn fills his leadership and his 20 minutes of playing time. Expect more out of freshman shooting guard Omar Calhoun, who has quietly reached double-figures in three of UConn’s past four games.
Stony Brook at No. 21 UConn men
WHEN: Today, 4
WHERE: Gampel Pavilion
RECORDS: Stony Brook 4-1, UConn 4-1
ON THE AIR: SNY
UP NEXT: Thursday vs. New Hampshire, 7, XL Center (SNY)
Anthony Jackson, G, 6-0 Jr.: 11.5 ppg, 2.3 3-pointers per game
Dave Coley, G, 6-2 Jr.: 11.5 ppg, 31.7% FG
Tommy Brendon, F, 6-5 Sr.: 6.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 5 apg, 1.8 spg
Eric McAlister, F, 6-8 Jr.: 6 ppg, 5 rpg
Jameel Warney, F, 6-9 Fr.: 9.5 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Ron Bracey, F, 6-5 Sr.: 7.3 ppg in 16.3 mpg
Marcus Rouse, G, 6-1 Sr.: 50% from 3-point
Carson Puriefoy, G, 6-0 Fr.: 4.8 ppg
Ryan Boatright, G, 5-10 So.: Team-high 4.6 apg, shooting 25% on 3-pointers
Shabazz Napier, G, 6-0 Jr..: Scored 81 pts last 4 games, just 12 in first half
Omar Calhoun, G, 6-5 Fr.: Double-digits in 3 of last 4 games
DeAndre Daniels, F, 6-8 So.: 8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Tyler Olander, F, 6-9 Jr.: Leads team with 4.6 rpg, shooting 33 percent from field
Niels Giffey, F, 6-7 Jr.: 3.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Enosch Wolf, C, 7-1 Jr.: 8-11 FG in Paradise Jam
Phil Nolan, F, 6-9 Fr.: Scoreless in 13 mins vs. New Mexico
Brendan Allen, G, 6-3 So.: Has not played in five games
THE STAT SHEET: UConn passes the eye test through five games, but the stat sheet isn’t so pretty. The Huskies are shooting 29.9 percent from 3-point range, they rank 319th in the nation in rebounds (29.6 per game) and Tyler Olander, their starting center, is shooting 33 percent from the field.
STAYING PERFECT: Although it encountered a super close call against Quinnipiac, UConn has never lost to a former Jim Calhoun assistant. The Huskies will try to make it 17-0 this afternoon against Steve Pikiell and Stony Brook.
BACK HOME: Believe it or not, this is UConn’s second game in the U.S. this year. They traveled over 11,000 miles in two weeks, bouncing from Germany to Storrs to St. Thomas back to Storrs. “I’m finally getting some sleep,” Napier said. “I feel like I missed so many hours of sleep when we were traveling. It’s good to be home, see the family for Thanksgiving.”