UConn Basketball

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Ollie talks Cardinal, injuries

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Quotables from Tuesday’s UConn men’s basketball practice at Storrs. The Huskies host Stanford at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the XL Center:

Coach Kevin Ollie

On Stanford’s defense:

“They play a lot of zone. In games I’ve seen they have played some zone. I don’t know if they changed it up during their little break, but we’ll prepare for zone. We’ll prepare for man-to-man, and with our offense we can run our man-to-man stuff against their zone. That’s kind of how I like it. Because against Louisville, teams like that you don’t know if they are in man or zone sometimes.”

On success against zones:

“Penetration, coming to a good jump stop, taking care of the basketball and, of course, hitting shots.”

On 6-foot-10 Stanford forward Dwight Powell:

“(We haven’t seen many guys) 6-10 that is mobile, can shoot, can take it off the bounce and then also take it off the bounce and finish. Then, he’s leading them in assists. We don’t face too many guys like that. … He’s just a good player. He has a good skill set. I don’t compare him to anybody; he’s just a great player. We have to be alert to him and not let him affect the game.”

On Omar Calhoun sitting out part of Tuesday’s practice:

“He just sprained his ankle a little bit. He’s from Brooklyn so hopefully he’ll be back in.”

On Rodney Purvis’ surgery, which he had Tuesday morning, and the guard’s torn labrum in his left shoulder:

“It’s just been popping in and out. He’ll get an episode, it will pop out and he’ll be in pain … but it will go right back in. We just don’t want it to continue to tear on that labrum. I image it’s small, minute now, but if you let it continue to tear each and every time it comes out of place, that’s when you get in trouble.”

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