UConn got more bad news on the injury front. Tyler Olander, who left the Sun Dome on crutches, fractured his left foot during the Huskies’ loss to South Florida on Wednesday night.
Olander, UConn’s starting center, will obviously miss the last game of the season, against Providence on Saturday. He will probably need surgery, UConn said. He will then need several weeks of rehab work to be ready for next season.
A junior, Olander tried playing through the injury Wednesday night but had to come out of the game for good with 9:49 left. He played 18 minutes, with two points and five rebounds. The X-Rays taken when the Huskies got back home revealed the fracture.
Olander, 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds, from E.O. Smith-Storrs, played in 29 games, starting all but three this season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 21.6 minutes.
With Olander and Giffey out and Enosch Wolf suspended, Phil Nolan will be the Huskies’ only center vs. Providence. Coach Kevin Ollie will probably have to use freshman Leon Tolksdorf as a backup, or play with a very small lineup if Nolan gets into foul trouble.
Niels Giffey (broken right index finger) is also out. UConn was still hoping, with continued treatment, that Shabazz Naper, who has missed the last games with a sprained right foot, and Omar Calhoun, who has played but been hampered by a sprained right wrist, will be able to play against Providence. Calhoun and Napier are considered “day to day,” as they say.