NEW YORK – Okay, it happened. UConn played Boston College, bygones are bygones. And like the old times, it came down to the last possession and UConn won.
First blush – like the Maryland game, a good win for UConn to get, against a power conference opponent, but a game that left one with some question marks and the need to work on a few things.
UConn wasn’t going to continue shooting 50 percent like it was, but the drop-off was rather significant, especially to 32 percent in the second half. UConn wasn’t as sharp, or crisp as it had been, but the parade to the foul line had a lot to do with that. On board with what they’re trying to do, but this game the hand-check fouls were a bit much and it did not make for an aesthetically pleasing game.
Here’s the game story on our site, and for the Courant tomorrow.
Olivier Hanlan was a little snippy about UConn’s defense. “The whole game was physical,” he said.
UConn got a Letter of Intent form Sam Cassell Jr., got a signed financial aid agreement, which is non binding, from Daniel Hamilton. No word on Rakim Lubin. That’s where we are on recruiting, with more on our site. Banging out some late night notes, here you go …
Kevin Ollie’s take:
“It was like an old BC-UConn rivalry [game], down to the end and we gutted out the win. I told the guys ‘without progress, there is no struggle.’ Tonight, we had a struggle from the field but we Continue reading
STORRS – Checking in at Gampel, about half an hour before UConn takes on the Titans of Detroit:
No changes in UConn’s starting lineup – Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Omar Calhoun, DeAndre Daniels, Phil Nolan.
Niels Giffey and Lasan Kromah, who have looked good coming off the bench, will stay in that role.
Lots of folks asking about the recruits signing their letters of intent. Sam Cassell Jr. acknowledged on twitter Wednesday that he sent his in. Not holding out on you, I promise. UConn has not announced any letters received as of 6:30 p.m., but I anticipate we’ll be hearing about Cassell, Daniel Hamilton and/or Rakim Lubin any time now. Once UConn announces them, Kevin Ollie can be quoted on them.
Soon as I hear something, I’ll announce here and via twitter (@AmoreCourant)
Was on The Bower Show today, the podcast is here if you want to relive it.
The Titans were delayed getting here, by some “housekeeping” things. They arrived about 6 p.m. Juwan Howard Jr. came earlier by himself to get some shooting in.
Although Kevin Ollie describes himself as a “man to man” coach, the new hand-checking rules require him to “have the zone defense in your back pocket.” And he does, though he hasn’t used it yet. Will he break it out tonight?
)fficials tonight, hired by the 2K Classic organizers: Donnie Epley, Tom Courtney, Rod Mrakovich.
My friend Terese Karmel, a professor of journalism at UConn, has written an in-depth profile of Kevin Ollie for Connecticut Magazine. (and my bad on the headline that was previously on this post)
Terese describes Ollie’s long career as a player, and his promising career as coach in the piece,
Kevin Ollie, The Overachiever. See it here.
A couple of other things that might interest you …
Our coverage of Sam Cassell Jr.’s decision to come to UConn, from the main website and the Thursday Courant.
Couple of recruiting notes: Forward Devin Robinson is not coming to visit UConn this month, I’m told. It Continue reading
Rakim Lubin was recovering from a back injury during the summer, when a lot of schools were scouting. As a result, he fell a little under the radar.
That changed a couple of weeks ago, when Lubin, healthy, worked out for college coaches at his new school in Buford, Ga. Marquette, Memphis, Auburn were there to watch, and so was Ricky Moore, a Georgia native, for UConn.
“Afterward, they wanted to get him up for visits as soon as they could,” said Buford coach Allen Whitehart in a phone interview this week. “He went up to UConn and fell in love with the place.”
UConn has been looking at Class of 2014 power forward types since the spring, when they landed Daniel Hamilton, more of a swingman. Several came to visit, but chose to go elsewhere. Perhaps, here, they were in the right place at the right time to get an underrated player with big upside.
Lubin, who is 6-foot-8, has beefed up to 245 pounds, Whitehart said. He is not the lanky type one Continue reading