The loss Sunday against Texas could be a dangerous harbinger for the season. Dropping a home game to a top-10 opponent damages UConn's resume, but perhaps worse, they saw their captain and best player Ryan Boatright injure his left ankle.
According to the UConn staff, X-Rays came up negative, showing no structural damage to his left ankle. He was diagnosed with a sprained ankle and was put into a walking boot. He did not practice Tuesday, but did receive treatment and went through walking drills. He's listed as day-to-day and his status for Friday remains undetermined.
His backcourt mate Rodney Purvis is recovering from a high left ankle sprain. He suffered his injury during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. He did not dress for Sunday's game. He went through shooting drills today and may practice tomorrow and Thursday. His status for Friday is still up in the air.
Omar Calhoun has yet to play this season, but it's looking good that he will make his debut soon. According to UConn staff, Calhoun did not practice today, but will practice Wednesday and Thursday barring any setbacks. He's listed as day-to-day. If his knee responds well to practice, he could dress on Friday. Being an optimist, I expect Calhoun to make his seasons debut against Yale. It couldn't come at a better time, with Sam Cassell Jr and Terrence Samuel struggling. Calhoun could be the spark the Huskies need to get back in the win column.
UConn, on a two game losing streak, will play Yale at Gampel Pavilion Friday night. Given the massive offensive struggles, they need all hands on deck. Let's hope for the best, but expect the worst. Ankle sprains and knee injuries are not to be taken lightly.
If I had to make a prediction, I'd say Calhoun plays, while Boat and Purvis don't dress. If that's the case, it will be a big test for Cassell Jr and Samuel. Those two need to find a way to play better and with more consistency. Injuries are never good, but this will force Kevin Ollie to really evaluate what type of team he's working with. The starting lineup, given my predictions, should look like Amida Brimah, Kentan Facey, Daniel Hamilton, Terrence Samuel and Sam Cassell Jr.