A few more words from Blaney

UConn associate head coach George Blaney spent a few minutes with the media Thursday as part of the Big East’s regularly scheduled conference call. Jim Calhoun, who has resumed his duties as head coach following a three-game suspension, did not participate on the call.

We spoke to the Calhoun briefly yesterday about a few issues, but Blaney offered a few more thoughts Thursday as the Huskies prepare for Saturday’s game at the RAC (Louis Brown Athletic Center):

UConn head coach Jim Calhoun is held back by Shabazz Napier (13) during a timeout in a game against Fairfield in Hartford Dec. 22. After a three-game absence, Calhoun will rejoin the Huskies Saturday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

— As of noon, the Huskies had yet to practice. Blaney said he had a pretty good idea of what Calhoun’s message would be to the team.

“It’ll be defend, it’ll be run, it’ll be compete and it’ll be rebound,” Blaney said. “That’s the core of what we do. … I’m convinced that’s what we’ll do.”

— The Huskies went 2-1 with Blaney at the helm.

“We had a great game against St. John’s where we shot 60 percent, one of the best shooting days we’ve had in a number of years. And we moved the ball very well against a very good defense,” Blaney said.

Blaney thought, or at least hoped, such play would continue Tuesday against Seton Hall. It obviously did not.

“Seton Hall gave us a whole lot of problems with the changing defenses and how aggressively they played us,” Blaney said. “And we didn’t shoot the ball very well.”

— Now the Huskies have a date in Piscataway, N.J., with a dangerous albeit up-and-down bunch of Scarlet Knights.

“Any time you go to the RAC, you’ve got a problem,” Blaney said.

UConn has been very successful in the building, though Blaney’s point is well taken. The building can get loud and can be a difficult place to play (ask Florida).



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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