STORRS – The Huskies will get Tyler Olander back for the Memphis game Saturday, but probably not Omar Calhoun.
“Omar’s [concussion] symptoms are improving,” Ollie said, “He came out today and did [a little shooting] and got on the bike. He’s day to day, it’s probably 60 percent he won’t play, but we’ll see in the morning.”
Calhoun, who sustained the concussion in the game at UCF, missed the South Florida game, as did Olander, who had flu symptoms. But Olander practiced on Friday and is good to go.
Here’s some of Ollie’s chat with reporters Friday after practice:
“[Memphis] is a great assist team. They get 18 assists a game. We’ve got to play good solid defense, on the first side, second side, third side. And we’ve got to get back in transition, 26 percent of their points come in transition, and 11 percent come on offensive rebounds. We’re going to have to do a good job on the boards and get back in transition, so hopefully they have to play against five guys.
“It’s just making sure we hit early and often, [Shaq Goodwin] really likes to hit you first, even on baseline out of bounds, we’ve seem that a couple of times. He really wants to hit first and establish himself in the low post.
We did a good job, outrebounding a good rebounding team [at Memphis Jan. 16]. We can’t give him any angles. He gets up and down the court fast, him and David Pellom play very well with each other, throwing lobs.
[DeAndre Daniels[ is a key every game. I know they’re going to probablyy devise something to stop him because he did a really good job against them. They’ll make adjustments; it’s up to us to make counter adjustments.
[Joe Jackson] gets up and down the court. Great mid-range game. Then he’s finding his players, too, averaging 4.5 assists. He’s just an excellent guard. You can’t give him angles, on pick and rolls he’s attacking and he’s explosive like [Ryan] Boatright to the rim. He’s a senior, been through the wars and he’s playing his best basketball now.”
We have to defend our home court. If we take care of games, we’ll move up. We’re playing against the teams that are ahead of us. If we take care of business, we’ll move up in the standings
“I think we really took off [in rebounding] after the Louisville game. We got embarrassed. Minus 15. We took pride in it. Sometimes when bad things happen to you it’s a blessing, you don’t want to be minus 15, lose against Louisville on your home court. Our guys’ pride was hurt, and they took that to heart. When we lost to Houston and SMU, guys took that to heart and built on it.”
“They’re just going after the basketball. Bodies on our box-outs, commit to hit. I came up with every rebounding drill possible, I wasn’t making up any more drills.”
AAC commish Mike Aresco is coming to the game and will meet with reporters at 11 a.m. Saturday. We’ll have some stuff from that.
Here’s our story from the Thursday Courant on Hartford’s Kuran Iverson, who is coming home to play with Memphis on Saturday, and our capsule look at the matchup. … The main advance will be on our main site later Friday.