UConn hit a funk Thursday evening and never snapped out.
What ensued was an ugly (and I mean truly hideous) 61-53 victory over New Hampshire. As I wrote in my game column, UConn is fortunate it put up such a stinker against UNH. If this was any other team, its doubtful the Huskies walk away 6-1.
Some pertinent info not included in the above article:
*After a slow start, Omar Calhoun has come alive, somewhat justifying the ridiculous amount of praise I gave him in the weeks leading up to the season. The 6-foot-5 freshman has now hit double-figures in five of UConn’s seven games, including Thursday’s 16-point, eight-rebound performance, his best all-around effort to date.
“I like is aggressiveness,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. “I like him getting 16 points and getting to the free throw line 11 times…I do like his improvement. I kept him in the game because he had eight rebounds.”
*The Huskies finally outrebounded an opponent, besting UNH on the glass 43-40. DeAndre Daniels pulled down 10 boards, but was largely ineffective offensively. He’s averaging just 6.8 points per game over his last four. The guards will obviously carry the scoring load, but the Huskies certainly need more from Daniels and Tyler Olander, who has been constantly plagued with foul trouble.
*Ollie on Shabazz Napier, who scored a season-low five points: “I have no idea. If I had the answer (to Napier’s inconsistency), a lot of people would be sitting on my couch and I’d be a psychiatrist or something. I don’t have a rhyme or reason. We coach the kid—the kid is a talent. Oh, he’s so good. He can do so many things on the basketball court. And I just don’t’ have an answer why he goes for five points. I just don’t.”
*A few good Ollie sayings: “I’m not going to have a pity party because that’s not who I am.” (As Waterbury Rep-Am beat writer Ed Daigneault asked on Twitter, what exactly is a pity party?)
And one more from KO: “You don’t go through life, you grow through life.”
I like that one.