UConn, Yale To Renew Old Rivalry in November

by Categorized: Amida Brimah, Enosch Wolf, Kentan Facey, Kevin Ollie, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, UConn men's basketball

It looks like UConn and Yale will be renewing their basketball rivalry after a 10-year hiatus. I’m hearing they will play early next season, perhaps on Nov. 11 or 18, at Gampel or XL.

Yale and UConn have played 65 times, going back to the 1914-15 season, with UConn owning a 43 to 22 advantage. They last played on Nov. 17, 2003, with the Huskies winning 70-60. Yale last beat UConn, 77-75 in OT, on Dec. 2, 1986.

Yale had a pesky guard in those days, Ed Petersen, back in the early 90s, and after they gave UConn a tough battle in a game I covered at the Coliseum in New Haven, I remember Jim Calhoun saying, “I nevah want to see Ed Petersen again. Nevah.” … Can still here that.

UConn doesn’t really play the in-state schools much anymore, and with the Huskies non-conference schedule looking to be pretty loaded now, a game against Yale should make for a nice night. UConn is going to play Harvard, though they are not ready to release their schedule.

A few other Huskies tidbits …

DeAndre Daniels, who is headed to the Kevin Durant Camp, is achieving his off-season goal of beefing up. He’s put on some good weight, up over 200 pounds now, maybe 204. Ryan Boatright, coaches are saying, has been working extremely hard, even by his standards.

Omar Calhoun, who had surgery on both hips, is walking without crutches now. Tyler Olander and Shabazz Napier are out of their boots and could resume full scale workouts soon.

UConn hasn’t heard from Enosch Wolf. I’m hearing, from Wolf’s camp, that he’ll decide in about two weeks whether to enroll at UConn and play as a walk-on, or move on – transfer or perhaps try to sign as a pro in Germany. It would cost him between $45,000 and $50,000 to attend UConn as a senior, so it’s unlikely, but not impossible, that he will come back.

As a general recruiting strategy, look for UConn, which will have several open after next season, to save some to offer Class of 2015 recruits.

It’s probably going to be a couple of weeks before paperwork is completed for Lasan Kromah’s transfer from George Washington to UConn. Kromah and incoming freshman Amida Brimah, Kentan Facey and Terrence Samuel, will be on campus July 8 for the start of the second summer session.

With work being done at Gampel and Geyer Gym, players had individual workouts with coaches at the old – and we do mean old – armory, near the library on campus. It was first open in 1914.

Kevin Ollie is fixin’ to play in the Travelers Pro-Am next Wednesday.


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