Notes/Quotes from March 5: “Whoever I got I’m going to battle with those guys”

UConn took Sunday and Monday off from practice because, as Kevin Ollie put it, “we didn’t have too many guys.”

The Huskies are dealing with a slew of injures as they prepare for South Florida on Wednesday night. Niels Giffey (fractured right index finger) is out for the final two games, but will not need surgery; Shabazz Napier (sprained right foot) is a game-time decision; and Omar Calhoun said he feels improvement in his sprained right wrist.

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Some comments from Ollie below:

*on DeAndre Daniels’ offensive involvement: “We were seeing him bloom in the Georgetown game and everybody was healthy — he had our first double-double of the season. I think his confidence is growing and I think (the injuries) ar going to give him the opportunity to put a little more of the scoring burden on himself, where he has to really go beyond himself…I just see a transformation of a young man growing into a big-time player and hopefully we continue to see that these last few games and hopefully in 2013-14.”

*on R.J. Evans’ increased minutes: “He did a good job — he battled for us and got six rebounds. He is what he is. And that’s a good thing. I know what I have and he plays his role perfectly and hopefully he can come in and do a good job for us and get us to the point where we’re trying to win the game in the second half. That’s where I want to be at.”

*on Napier: “Ultimately it’s up to him and (trainer) James Doran. Whoever I got I’m going to battle with those guys…If (Napier) can’t be out there, then so be it. But I know the kid is tough and he wants to be out there.”

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