With the Catholic Seven seeking a 2013 split, conference realignment is certainly a hot topic.
My honest take: 2013, 2014, who cares? These seven schools were eventually leaving. Yesterday’s news doesn’t change how UConn needs to approach its future.
Anyway, some notes and quotes from Friday in Cincinnati:
Kevin Ollie on the Big East breakup: “As long as I don’t lose Connecticut on my jersey, I’m fine. We can play in the back yard. I’m fine. I’ve got UConn nation behind me, I’m fine. I’ve got a great president and a great athletic director to put us in the best situation possible.”
Ollie on selling the UConn brand to recruits rather than conference opponents: “That’s all I got. It’s all I know, it’s what I’m going to sell until they put me in the ground. And if my five year contract is up and they want somebody else to coach, I’m still going to sell (UConn).”
*Shabazz Napier (right foot sprain) is a game-time decision Saturday. The junior guard did not practice Friday and was sporting a walking boot when the team arrived in Cincinnati. He suffered the injury when he landed on the shoe of Georgetown’s Mikael Hopkins during the first possession of Wednesday’s second half. Napier, who scored 16 points, was clearly limited after the fall.
“I’ll try to do what’s best, not only for myself but for the team,” Napier said. “Hopefully I’ll wake up feeling good. If I don’t, then I won’t play.”
Ollie added that Napier, “is a winner and loves this University. I imagine if he can go, he’ll probably be out there trying to do his best and get us to another win. I imagine he’s not a person who takes himself out of certain situations.”
*Omar Calhoun, who has his some monster shots (none bigger than the overtime-forcing 3 against Georgetown), re-aggravated his sprained right wrist during Friday’s practice. The 6-foot-5 freshman said it “hurts a little more,” but it won’t impact his status for Saturday’s game.