Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Napier had a fantastic game and had a triple double, the last triple double since the one he had against Coppin State. His first half started by attacking the offensive glass for a rebound, he had four assists in a row and then added three more on top of that, a lay-up, and a steal. His well-rounded game kept pace in the second half with a two jumpers, two offensive rebounds, a 3-pointer and two more assists. He has been rebounding the ball really well and he’s seeing the court and not turning the ball over that had plagued his previous seasons. This was the Napier everyone was waiting for and hopefully will in the future.
Boatright had a rough first half and had one assist, two turnovers, and a steal. He had a much better second half with two steals, a lay-up, got to the line and made his free throws, and hit two 3-pointers. He’s not shooting the ball that well in this early season and but he is getting to the line which means he’s being aggressive. That’s a good sign. Calhoun had his best outing of this short season. He had two lay-ups, three 3-pointers, a block, and the best sign of them all was his seven trips to the line. He did have some sloppy turnovers late in the game but his game is slowly coming back to form.
The big story of the day was the absence of Daniels. His no show today on the boards allowed Yale to crawl back into this game. Hopefully this was an anomaly for him, because this team needs Daniels to compete at a high level. He ended the game with a rebound, a turnover, and a block. Not good. Giffey on the other hand remained red hot from behind the arch. He has finally found out that he’s a fantastic spot up shooter, knocking down four 3-pointers in a row and added another one late in the first half, but just like the Maryland game, he disappeared in the second half. He needs to find a way to make an impact in that second period to help stem these offense droughts this team is going through in midway through the second half.
Kromah had two lay-ups, an offensive rebound, a steal, a turnover, and some nice passes. He adds instant energy off the bench and this team needed it with little coming from Daniels and Boatright early. Samuel had tough game with a turnover, a couple of nice assists, and a lay-up in his limited minutes. He seems to have a good demeanor despite his limited role which shows his maturity for a freshman.
Nolan had a good first half on the offensive end, getting two dunks and a jumper, but he needs to do much better on the boards than one rebound in 13 minutes. This team needs more from him. Once again Brimah’s height caused issues for opponents. He had two blocks in the first half and five in the second. He also added three dunks. Like Nolan, he needs to do better on the rebounding end. He can’t play 24 minutes and only get one rebound. That’s not getting it done. Olander was coming off a terrific game against Maryland but only played 2 minutes with no effect on the game. Facey finally got into the game and found a way to get to the foul line right away, but then struggled to defend without fouling. He was called for three quick fouls in the second half and found himself back on the bench. This group needs to do a much better job on rebounding. Whoever can come out of this group and get boards will get the minutes no matter what else they bring to the table and none of them did that.
This team looked to have turned the corner on the rebounding department against Maryland, but then they took a step back against a scrappy Yale team. It is still early and Daniels isn’t going to have many games like this one and the players like Nolan, Brimah and Facey are getting settled. These are the type of games UConn will be playing for the next couple of weeks because the young players tend to be a bit inconsistent and until they begin to figure it out, they’ll get these inconsistent performances. So it is up to the veteran players like Napier, Boatright, Giffey, and Olander to create that consistency. If they don’t then it could be a Topsy-Turvy season.