UConn prepping for DePaul

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UConn guard Ryan Boatright stands outside the locker room and talks with reporters Monday. Boatright’s right hand was iced because of a minor bruise suffered late last week in practice. (Neill Ostrout photo)

Don’t read too much into this but there was a little spat between two UConn players the other day.

DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright, roommates and good friends, nearly came to blows during a rebounding drill.

The Huskies, who take on DePaul Tuesday night, may be getting just a bit restless. They’ve had a week off since a tough loss to Marquette.

“We almost had a fight the other day, which was good,” coach Kevin Ollie said with a smile after practice Monday.

The players downplayed the affair, laughing when asked about it.

“We were doing a box-out drill and we were just grabbing each other,” Boatright said. “It went from there.”

Boatright tried to explain the issue.

“I’m so little and strong, when I get low they kind of get mad,” Boatright said. “They get to grabbing and stuff.”

Daniels said “it’s all love” between he and Boatright now.

“We’re just out there having fun and competing, trying to make each other better,” Daniels said.

– SPEAKING OF THE Marquette loss, Ollie said he fielded calls from both Mike Aresco and Art Hyland from the Big East office to apologize for the blown call.

“It’s over with. Satisfied or not, it don’t make a difference,” Ollie said. “I talked to the commissioner, I talked to the head of officials. They all apologized and I accepted their apology. We move on.”

Lead official Karl Hess admitted after the game that his crew should have awarded UConn two points at the start of OT against Marquette after they realized the teams were going the wrong way.

– DANIELS WILL BE matched up with DePaul’s Cleveland Melvin for much of Tuesday’s game.

Melvin, the one-time UConn commit, is averaging 16.7 points per game and had 23 Saturday in DePaul’s win at Providence.

“I heard he’s pretty strong. Obviously every guy I play in the Big East is going to be way stronger than me,” Daniels said with a smile. “I just have to go out there, play hard, try to box him out and grab rebounds.”

– DEPAUL IS 4-0 on the road this season and a somewhat surprising 10-5 overall. The Blue Demons have already won at Arizona State, at Auburn and at Providence. None of those teams are true threats to win their respective leagues but still….not bad at all.

“They’re playing their defensive pressure very, very hard. They’re in gaps,” Ollie said. “Brandon Young is playing at an exceptional pace right now. And Melvin is doing what Melvin do, just getting buckets every chance he gets.”

– AFTER MISSING A few, ex-UConn coach Jim Calhoun was back at practice Monday.

– DANIELS SAID HE had the stitches in his lip removed but still has those in his chin. That injury stems from the fall he took in UConn’s win over Washington Dec. 29.

– For what it’s worth, Tyler Olander was working with the first team in practice for the portion media members were allowed in. It seems Enosch Wolf will come off the bench again Tuesday.

- Neill

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About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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3 Responses to UConn prepping for DePaul

  1. Barbara Clark says:

    If you want to make a living as a writer, you should know it should be “between HIM and Boatwright.” Seriously?

    • Neill says:

      I’ll take the hit for poor grammar but you might want to spell the player’s name correctly when correcting me.

      • Barbara Clark says:

        Point taken. However, I am not a writer and that is not a grammar rule that any writer should make it his business to know. BTW, for future reference, it’s “between you and me” also.

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