Boatright still out; Huskies prep for ND

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UConn guard Jeremy Lamb speaks with reporters Friday at Gampel Pavilion. (Neill Ostrout photo)

UConn just finished practice Friday evening and coach Jim Calhoun exited with no good news regarding freshman Ryan Boatright. Actually, he had little update at all on the suspended guard’s status.

“If we had Ryan back would it make a difference? A huge difference,” Calhoun said outside the locker room in Gampel Pavilion. “But I have no idea when he’s coming back.”

Calhoun said he’s been focused on keeping Boatright’s spirits up.

“I’ve been trying to keep Ryan up,” Calhoun said, “but at this point, we are who we are. We have the players that we have as of this moment. We’re going to forward, hopefully play well against Notre Dame and beat them.”

The work on setting the issue apparently will continue late into Friday. Calhoun said he wasn’t sure if any kind of last-minute decision could happen Saturday (probably not when the NCAA offices are closed).

“Everybody’s working like crazy to try and get some resolution,” Calhoun said.

Calhoun was asked if there’s an indication that Boatright will definitely be back at some point.

“There’s no indication of anything. The only indication is that we’re trying like crazy to get him back,” Calhoun said.

— UConn (14-5, 4-3) takes on Notre Dame Sunday in Hartford, and will likely be without Boatright for a fourth straight game.

Notre Dame (13-8, 5-3) has won two straight games, including an upset of top-ranked Syracuse

The Huskies won the first meeting between the teams this season 67-53 on Jan. 14 in South Bend.

— Boatright apparently was great in practice today.

“One of the worst parts about it is that it hangs there,” Calhoun said. “So Ryan has a great day of practice today and it hangs there. It hangs there. It hangs in the kids a little bit.”

— The stop-and-start nature of Boatright’s season is the most difficult, perhaps.

“I’m not making value judgments but to not play, to play, to not play, can wear on you. I know it wears on me,” Calhoun said.

“Right now we’re just waiting like everybody else,” Calhoun added.

— PF Tyler Olander hasn’t been great recently.

“He looked logy today and he’s looked logy in games. I don’t know why,” Calhoun said. “But they (Notre Dame) played a lot more zone since they played us and we have to be prepared for that. And normally he’s a really good trigger man in the middle of that zone, so we have to get him back.”

— SF DeAndre Daniels will return to the starting lineup Sunday, in place of Niels Giffey.

“DeAndre’s had a great week. He’s had the best week, probably, of his career,” Calhoun said. “So he’ll start.”

Neill

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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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