UConn practice quick notes

A few little nuggets from UConn’s practice at Storrs today prior to Wednesday night’s final non-league game, a 7 p.m. test against Harvard at Gampel Pavilion. Tickets are still available for the game.

UConn Kevin Ollie

Opening statement:

“Oh they are looking good. We are confident they we are going to bounce back tomorrow, tomorrow night. It’s going to be energized in here. The guys are going to come out and play real good defense. On offense we are going to move the basketball and we are going to play UConn type of style. And that’s what we need to do tomorrow. We need to share the basketball, rebound and defend.

On Harvard, which is 13-1 and coming off two straight NCAA Tournaments:

“We are playing a good team, well coached and they got a lot of solid players. A lot of experienced players. They have been winning a lot of games, I think it is nine in a row, but even from last year they have kept that momentum. So, it’s going to definitely be a challenge, but if we come in and play solid and not lose our focus in possessions we will be able to come out with a win.”

UConn senior Lasan Kromah

On playing Harvard:

“They are solid on defense, running plays and execution. We definitely have to be on our Ps and Qs when we play against them.”

BENCH WARMERS: The Huskies have won four straight in the series and are 16-2 all-time against the Crimson. … Ollie was non-committal on a starting line up for the game. … Rodney Purvis (shoulder) was at practice with the team and tossing up a few right-handed shots afterwards. Purvis, who is sitting out the season after transferring from North Carolina State, had surgery on his left shoulder last month to repair a torn labrum. … Wednesday night’s game will be UConn’s first as an unranked team this season. Both the Huskes and Crimson received 49 votes in the most recent AP Poll, but sit outside the Top 25. No. 19 UMass (12-1) is the only New England school ranked in the poll.

More to come from Storrs ……

William Paxton