A few quick updates from UConn country. UConn associate head coach George Blaney, along with some of the other coaches in the league, participated on the Big East’s weekly conference call this morning.
— The Huskies picked up a much-needed win Wednesday, pounding DePaul 80-54.
“We desperately needed a win and we got it,” Blaney said Thursday morning. “I thought we took it. I didn’t think anybody gave it to us.”
— Blaney is hoping head coach Jim Calhoun returns soon. “Tomorrow, that would be great. The earlier the better,” Blaney said.
Of course Calhoun will miss at least two more games with his bad back.
“It’s his team. They’re used to listening to his voice and his way of coaching. You have to keep things sort of the way he does things,” Blaney said. “I’ve done it so many times for him before, this is my 11th year with him, but it’s not easy and it’s not easy for the players. … The longer it goes, the more difficult it gets.”
Blaney did do his best Calhoun impersonation last night, though.
“I think I outdid Jim last night as far as yelling,” Blaney said.
— Marquette coach Buzz Williams, whose team faces UConn Saturday, had an interesting comment during his stint on the Big East call:
“I think UConn arguably has the most talent of any team in our league,” Williams said.
— Here are today’s stories from the Journal Inquirer: