Friday, February 8, 2013

Andre Drummond Injured; Huskies Look to Bounce Back vs. Seton Hall

Some unfortunate news for former Husky Andre Drummond, who'll be out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.

The good news: "He’ll heal,” according to Pistons team physican Ben Paolucci. “He should have no residual, in other words, he’s not going to have anything lasting.”

*** Meanwhile, UConn faces Seton Hall ("who's Herb Pope?") on Sunday as it tries to bounce back from Wednesday night's loss to St. John's at the Garden. The Huskies didn't practice Friday but will hit the floor again Saturday before taking off for Newark -- most likely sometime in the mid-to-late afternoon, depending on when the storm ends.

The Pirates are 2-8 in the Big East, but as Kevin Ollie notes, "We could easily be 2-8. We could (also) easily be with a better record than we do have."

It appears the Pirates will be without leading scorer (16.9 ppg) Fuquan Edwin for the game, according to head coach Kevin Willard. Edwin injured his ankle in the second half of the Hall's 56-46 loss at Pittsburgh Monday night. He still scored 23 points in the game.

The Pirates may also be without backup forward Brian Oliver, who averages 8 points per game. Oliver is "game-to-game," according to Willard.

A few other items from Ollie's teleconference on Friday:

"I think (Ryan Boatright) needs to attack the basket a little more. Not just him ... we all have to attack the basket more. I think the last two games, combined, we've shot 55 3-pointers."

Ollie also noted that the Huskies missed a whopping 17 layups against the Red Storm.

His somewhat cryptic "I'm going to have to make changes" quote after the St. John's game had nothing to do with tinkering with the lineup or anything like that, Ollie insisted.

“It’s a mindset change,” Ollie said. “How we start games, how we’re thinking about different things. We have to be more confident with our shot, because what we’ve been doing just hasn’t been working. It’s for me to try to change that. Hopefully, we’ll have a different start to the game (on Sunday).”

Willard on the Huskies: "I think Kevin Ollie's doing a terrific job for UConn. It just shows you what type of program they have. They've got two terrific guards playing at a high level."





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