Opponent Watch 2018-19: UCONN


Had knee problems two years ago, but came back to be a rotation player last year. Was supposed to compete for the starting position at PF, but will probably be out until at least December.


Nothing could have more impact on the Huskies’ immediate future than Alterique Gilbert’s ability to stay on the court. Gilbert, a Jordan Brand and McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, was a top-30 recruit, the highest regarded of Kevin Ollie’s tenure, but he has dislocated his left shoulder three times, with three surgeries, since coming to UConn and has played in only nine games in two seasons.




UConn has worked a lot in the preseason on playing an attacking man-to-man defense.

Personnel issues had forced Ollie to play more zone in recent seasons.

But with five quality guards, Hurley has the depth to switch back to playing with the pressure that had become a UConn staple under Jim Calhoun.

“It’s hard to play aggressive pressure when you’ve been decimated by injuries,” Hurley said “So it’s just about changing that mindset, now that we have, knock on wood, a few more perimeter players that can initiate pressure.”

UCONN’s having some discipline problems. They suspended Jalen Adams for their opener as well:



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I love a good JunkYard Dog reference. Still my favorite wrestler of all time.

Iowa brought the lumber to Uconn.


UCONN picked up a 5 star earlier today, that 2019 class looking pretty solid

UConn hung with Villanova into the second half, but the last 17 minutes were, in coach Dan Hurley’s words, “absolutely brutal” and they lost 81-58. From the point of its last lead, 36-35, UConn was outscored 46-22.


Madison Square Garden three days before Christmas. That’s 11 days between games, for those keeping score.

“In the future, I think you’ll see some changes with the way we do non-conference, relative to maybe the opponents and the spacing of the games,” first-year UConn coach Dan Hurley said following practice on Monday. “There’s been challenges that way. Obviously, you’d love to have a game after the holiday. You’d love to have at least one road game in the non-conference.”

UConn is always very dangerous and very talented.

Neither was a huge part of the rotation



Our upcoming trip just got less difficult as Jalen Adams will be out for 4-6 weeks. If one is not familiar with him, he’s one of the most talented PGs in our league. Even Galen has had trouble with him in the past.


He’s pretty much their Rob Gray w less help than Gray had last year. Lot of talent n can see him playing at next level. Not overseas either!

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Jalen probably should have gone pro this past year as he probably could have been drafted. Hurley somehow convinced him to come back.

Expect UCONN to collapse with Adams out now. He was their leading scorer and they’ve also been missing their 3rd leading scorer in Alterique Gilbert lately. For a team with basically 3 scorers, losing 2 will hurt.

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Tough decision for some these players whether to stay or go early. The injury will make it tough for him but even worse, is he doesn’t get much exposure his SR year when his team is mediocre and not in position to be part of MarchMadness. Seems like a good kid though and hopefully he will get his opportunity this summer to show his talents in NBA Summer League.

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