Fred Hoiberg, the Iowa State coach, was available for a few minutes this morning on a Big 12 teleconference. He and his staff began watching UConn games Sunday night, and he offered a few observations:
“Well, first of all, they’re huge,” Hoiberg said. “With [Alex] Oriakhi and [Andre] Drummond, it’s tough to score against them in the paint. And then you have Roscoe Smith at 6-foot-8 starting at the three. They’re the biggest, longest front court we’ll play all year. And then you have Lamb, who is an unbelievable talent. They’re playing their best basketball of the season right now.”
To counteract Iowa State’s perimeter game, UConn coach Jim Calhoun said he would be considering smaller lineups, which would mean Smith playing more at power forward, and perhaps more Niels Giffey minutes. But if the Huskies can get more consistent scoring inside, perhaps they could force Iowa State to adjust to them.
Hoiberg and UConn assistant Kevin Ollie were once teammates in the NBA. “He’s such a good person, he’s about all the right things,” Hoiberg said. “He got the most out of his ability. … He’s a friend and I’m proud to consider him a friend.”
We’re just getting started … going to be a big week.