Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Long Trip to the Swamps of Jersey for UConn

UConn’s long journey into the night on Saturday began at about 7 p.m., when the bus picked up the players and other staff members on campus for their trip to Newark, N.J.

After a stop to pick up Kevin Ollie and other members of the coaching staff who weren’t able to access the UConn campus, the bus headed down Rte. 91 However, at some point, the driver got an alert that I-95 was backed up and not a very good option, so he turned around and proceeded on a long and winding tour through the backroads of Connecticut that finally got the Huskies to Rte. 84, then 684 en route to the Garden State.

UConn finally arrived at its hotel shortly after midnight, making what’s usually about a three-hour trip into a five-hour affair.

(It should be noted, too, that while UConn hasn’t had an official practice since Thursday, the team has been shooting around,etc. at Gampel for the past couple of days.)


*** It appears Seton Hall scoring leader Fuquan Edwin is OK and good to go for today, according to a member of the Pirates’ staff. Edwin injured his ankle in Monday’s loss at Pitt. He’s averaging 16.9 points per game.

*** New Haven’s lone recent representative in the Big East, Freddie Wilson, is no longer at Seton Hall after transferring from the program last month. Wilson has already landed at Drexel, where he’s taking classes.

According to a Seton Hall source, Wilson simply wanted more playing time. He got some chances with the Pirates but seemed to make bad mistakes (on the court) too often when those chances presented themselves.

Off the court, Wilson also had some issues – minor issues – but issues, nonetheless. He was suspended for the Hall’s first two games this season and missed five total over his 1 ½ years with the Pirates, though it was usually minor things like missing curfew, etc., according to a source.

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