IU-UConn pregame notebook

The Huskies will chase their ninth championship at MSG tonight when they play 22nd-ranked Indiana (5-0) at 7:30 p.m. in the 2K Sports Classic championship game.

The Hoosiers beat Washington in the nightcap last night at MSG 102-84 behind 22 points from freshman Troy Williams and 20 points from sophomore Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell. UConn (5-0), ranked 18th, topped Boston College 72-70.

UConn leads the all-time series with the Hoosiers 5-3, but the teams have not played since 2008. Indiana won that game 68-63 in Bloomington. IU coach Tom Cream was 2-1 vs. the Huskies when he coached at Marquette.

DANIELS DELIGHTS: Several of the national media members in attendance Thursday night were impressed, according to tweets and postgame stories, with the play of 6-foot-8 junior DeAndre Daniels, who finished with 23 points and six rebounds in 34 minutes.

“I stayed aggressive on offense and my teammates were looking for me,” he said. “I was able to get a couple of good looks and knock down my shots.”

It was the third straight game in double figures scoring for Daniels, who has rebounded quite well from a 0-point outing against Yale.

“He stayed in the game and that’s what it is all about,” coach Kevin Ollie said, after the BC game. “He did not make any excuses for himself. We have a motto – ‘you do not look out the window, you look in the mirror.’ He stayed in the gym and got ready and focused. He will be aggressive and everyone goes through a slump.

“If you keep working on your craft that’s when you become great.”

Daniels admitted the abundance of fouls did hinder the flow of the BC game for the Huskies, but they weathered the storm.

“It was good for us because we like to get aggressive with our guards in the paint, but there were  a lot of fouls called tonight,” he said. “But we were able to knock down our free throws.”

REMAIN CALM, ALL IS WELL: UConn recruit Daniel Hamilton took to twitter to reassure Husky fans that he’s coming to Storrs next season.

“Keep calm UCONN fans I signed #BLEEDBLUE” Hamilton sent out Friday afternoon.

Just prior to tip off Thursday night, UConn announced it had received written “agreements” with recruits Sam Cassell Jr. and Hamilton, but waited until after the game to state that Cassell signed a Letter of Intent while Hamilton only agreed to a “Grant in aid” deal that allows the player to back out of the agreement without being penalized.


William Paxton