In an effort to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown tragedy, UConn will wear a patch on its jerseys for tonight’s clash with winless Maryland Eastern Shore.
WHEN: Today, 7
WHERE: XL Center, Hartford
RECORDS: UMES 0-9, UConn 7-2
ON THE AIR: SNY; WTIC-AM 1080
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Even though he had zero rebounds versus Harvard, Enosch Wolf still worked with the first team in Sunday’s practice. He beat Tyler Olander out for the starting job following a 12-point, nine-rebound effort against N.C. State. It will be interesting to monitor how Kevin Ollie divvies up the minutes at center.
AVOIDING A LETDOWN: UConn has played to its opponent thus far, as evidenced by a brutal 61-53 victory over lowly New Hampshire. Ollie hopes to see complete focus against winless Maryland Eastern Shore. “I want (our players) to respect their opponents, and by respecting the opponent, they’ll come out with effort and energy,” Ollie said. “When you come out and respect, you come out full throttle. You come out with defense, you play offense hard and you go home.”
CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT: Ollie briefly touched on the departures of seven Big East Catholic schools. “I hate to see them go, but they made a pact for themselves that they’re going forward and they’re trying to do what’s best for our university,” Ollie said. “You can’t blame them. We will miss them, but we have to figure out what we’re going to do. And I think we’re going to do that soon. I know we’re working very, very hard and our president and AD will get us in the best situation.”