Some notes and observations from Tuesday’s practice at Storrs. The Huskies host USF at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the XL Center. Tickets for the game are available.
A ROUGH RIDE: Sophomore Omar Calhoun has struggled all season on the court, but he might sit this one out after suffer a blow to the head against UCF on Sunday. Calhoun did not practice Tuesday with the Huskies and was questionable for the game against the Bulls.
“He’s day to day,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “He got popped in the head pretty good. The symptoms were better than they were yesterday. Hopefully, he’ll keep getting better and we’ll get him back soon.”
Calhoun’s production and minutes have been cut in half since last season. During his freshman campaign, Calhoun averaged 11.1 points per game and logged 32.1 minutes a night. This season, the 6-foot-6 swingman has been replaced in the starting lineup by graduate student Lasan Kromah and has averaged just 5.5 ppg in about 16 minutes a game.
Calhoun has not scored in double figures since Dec. 28 against Eastern Washington in the game that was held in Bridgeport.
“I just want him to keep practicing hard, keep preparing for the moment that you’re going to get,”Ollie said. “Because if you don’t prepare for it, if you just give up now, you’re never going to be successful. I want him not to give in, to keep doing what Omar is capable of doing, keep coming out and controlling what he can control, which is his effort and his attitude.”
NOTES: Ryan Boatright told reported his left shoulder has been bothering him this season and contributed to his shooting woes at times. Boatright averaged 15.4 ppg last year, but just 12.2 this season and is shooting 40.7 percent from the field. In the last two games, he has shot just 33.3 percent from the field, going 3-for-9 against Cincinnati and UCF. … Freshman Amida Brimah celebrated his 20th birthday on Tuesday, with his teammates razzing him after practice on the Husky mid-court logo. …DeAndre Daniels said his back was a little stiff, but otherwise he felt good after the UCF game. Daniels missed two games with a high ankle sprain and back spasms. … Freshman Josh Heath was headed for a red-shirt season before his coach – and father – opted to start playing him eight games ago with point guard Anthony Collins (knee) out. “His mother wasn’t very happy,” Stan Heath joked about throwing his son into the mix against Temple on Jan. 9. The younger Heath has four games with four or more assists since being placed in the rotation.
Ollie on the Huskies needing to take it one game at a time:
“We are not the team that can just look ahead. We can’t because our margin of error is not that big. So we have to make sure we take care of business. We learned that when we played Houston and SMU the first couple games, any time a team can beat you and we got to understand that. SMU is a good team and Houston is still a good team and their still playing better. We can’t under evaluate these teams and we can’t under evaluate today. We want to win today and then hopefully that carries over to a win tomorrow.”