Huskies Injury Report: Tyler Olander’s Foot Fractured; He’s Out for Providence. Napier, Calhoun Still Day to Day

by Categorized: Enosch Wolf, Leon Tolksdorf, Niels Giffey, Omar Calhoun, Phil Nolan, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, UConn men's basketball

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.

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9 thoughts on “Huskies Injury Report: Tyler Olander’s Foot Fractured; He’s Out for Providence. Napier, Calhoun Still Day to Day


    Last game of the season. Only one Center available to play (Nolan). Leave it all out on the court–play frantic, pressing defense and get the tempo up. Do not let the game settle into a half court pace where Providence can attack the defense and expose the weaknesses.

    1. Dennis


      I have to agree with you. T.O. has been a major disappointment this year. He’s slow, gets beat easily on D., gets less rebounds than our guards and just doesn’t have a good shot. Would have liked to see P.N. get a little more playing time. He’s raw but looks like he has some potential.

    2. Mike McManus

      You enjoy being critical ray-ray and apparently love to get a reaction out of anyone who will read your trash. I’m sure this is not the kind of year that Olander wanted either but despite your negativity, remember that UCONN never would have won that game at Notre Dame w/o him…so he did make a contribution to their season.

  2. ray-ray


  3. bill leonard

    he is a role player,not a great player but a hard working TEAM guy. Boatwright and Mcdaniels could learn something from him ie basketball is a team works best when ALL five players are working together on both ends of the court. Boatwright can go to the NBA today! i hope Shabazz stays.

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