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.
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.”