Monday, January 07, 2008

We're Talkin' 'Bout Practice ...

A couple of quick notes from Storrs after the Huskies' practice:

  • Jim Calhoun was attending a funeral for a death in the family and wasn't at practice today. Associate head coach George Blaney ran the show. Calhoun will be coach the team on Tuesday night.

  • Jerome Dyson only participated in about half of today's practice because "his back is still acting up a little bit," according to Blaney. Dyson seemed to get banged up a bit against Notre Dame Saturday night, but Blaney said the sophomore guard has been suffering from back spasms and "about six or seven different injuries" all year. Dyson felt fine last Thursday against Seton Hall, but his back tightened up a bit at practice in South Bend and has been tight since UConn returned. "I asked him if he needed an ambulance to go home tonight," Blaney quipped. "I expect him to be ready (tomorrow night). He's such a tough kid, even when he's hurt, he's going to play full-out and give you the kind of effort that you want. "

  • The Huskies are loose and not going to let the tough loss to Notre Dame stick with them."You can't really harp on them too long because we've got 17 more (games)," A.J. Price reasoned. "We have plenty of more opportunities to get big wins. The more I think we stay positive and look forward, the sooner the tide will turn for us in those close games. The more we keep pushing and fighting, eventually we're going to get something to go in our favor."

  • How loose were the Huskies? While Price was addressing "The Horde," teammate Jeff Adrien played amateur cameraman and videotaped the interview with an iPhone.


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