HOT SHOT: If the Huskies want instant offense in the first half, senior Niels Giffey appears to be their man. For the second straight game Giffey was electric before the break, scoring 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.
Giffey started the season 8-for-8 on 3s before missing his only shot of the second half. Giffey was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers against Maryland and finished with 13 points.
“He’s been tremendous,” coach Kevin Ollie said. “He’s given us a lift off the bench and it’s terrific. We want him to keep shooting. … He’s ready to shoot them and he’s confident and the minutes are going to keep going up.”
Of course, Giffey has yet to score a point in the second half of either game.
“I don’t know what’s going on, I have to work on that,” he said, with a chuckle.
Giffey’s success is a big reason why the Huskies have scored 61 points off the bench in two games. Last season he had three games with doubles figures in scoring, but is almost there already just scoring in two halves this month.
MILK CARTON MAN: Two games into his junior season and DeAndre Daniels remains MIA. In 18 unproductive minutes against Yale, Daniels failed to score on five attempts, grabbed just one rebound, turned it over once and blocked a shot.
“You just want to keep his head up, but at the end of the day you can’t baby him,” Ollie said. DeAndre, if you are not scoring, you can do other things. I mean the stat sheet is filled with other different columns that you can have a positive impact on the game. You know you get one rebound in 18 minutes, you just got to play. You can’t worry about scoring. Use your length. Use your energy. He’s got to change to a different person when he’s on the court.
“Hopefully, he does that. If not, we can’t wait for anybody on this team and the minutes will be where the minutes are at.”
KEEP ON TRUCKING: Freshman Amida Brimah might not be strong enough to dominate on the boards yet, but seven blocks sends a message that UConn’s paint won’t be easy to drive in.
“Seven blocks and he altered probably five more – he could have gotten 10 blocks if the guys didn’t get foul, get ticky-tack fouls because he was right there to block the other two or three we gave silly fouls on,” Ollie said. “He’s getting better each and every day. … He’s just stepping up his game and we need that enforcer down there.”