DeAndre Daniels is probably going to play against Cincinnati, coach Kevin Ollie said on a conference call with reporters following practice on Wednesday. But Daniels is dealing with a new issue – back spasms.
“DeAndre, it’s probably 75 percent that he’ll play,” Ollie said. “He’s looked pretty good, but the other day he had some back spasms so we were very cautious today.”
Daniels sustained a high right ankle sprain at Rutgers on Jan. 25, and missed the Houston game on Jan. 30. He returned to practice this week, but has been limited.
“He did some light shooting,” Ollie said. “I didn’t have him go in any 5-on-5 contact drills. Hopefully one more day of healing and he’ll be ready for Cincinnati.”
UConn was to leave Connecticut at 7 p.m. and get to Cincinnati late, then athletic trainer James Doran was to apply some treatment to loosen up Daniels back.
We’ve got more on the high-stakes UConn-Cincinnati game on our website for the Thursday Courant, including the main advance, the capsule look at the matchup and my story for the Wednesday Courant on the newest Husky, Will Jackson.
“At the end of the day, it’s going to be a grind it out game,” Ollie said. “We’re going to be able to go on the fastbreak all night, we’re going to have to execute in a half-court situation, dribble-drive effectively, make our passes accurate.”
UConn is ranked No. 22 in AP, Cincy is No. 7, its highest rank in 10 years.