NEW YORK – The Huskies finished up practice Wednesday and headed to Manhattan.
I’m told, BTW, Shabazz Napier practiced both Tuesday and Wednesday and though his bruised right shin in a little sore, it didn’t limit him.
Meanwhile, Kevin Ollie appeared with Mike Francessa on WFAN, the full interview can be dialed up here, along with Jim Calhoun’s interview with Francessa earlier in the show. Ollie went over the state of the UConn program as the Huskies ready for Iowa State and the Sweet 16. One of Ollie’s themes: The Huskies, denied the chance to play in the Big East Tournament, earned this twist of fate that has landed them back at The Garden for something even bigger.
“We just stuck together. I had players that bought into system and culture we were trying to build. It’s kind of come full circle for us. We weren’t able to play in last Big East Tournament last year, now they get this chance and these kids deserve everything.
“The sanctions kept us out last year, from playing in the last Big East Tournament we were going to be able to participate in. It was tough. When you keep fighting in those dark days, this is what happens. I’m so proud of these guys for not giving up during the dark times. Now, look at the possibilities. We have a chance to go to Madison Square Garden and play a great Iowa State team and maybe get a chance to play for the Final Four in our back yard.”
Lots of content coming on courant.com, including my story on UConn’s history at The Garden, and Paul Doyle’s look at the highlights of that history, a photo gallery, some cool footage of the UConn-Manhattan NCAA game in 1956, and my chats with Jim Calhoun and Oscar Robertson at MSG this morning at an NCAA press conference. The Big O had an interesting take on Shabazz Napier. All that is going up on our main site
and will be in the Thursday Courant.