Hurley informed reporters that he’s not pondering of it fairly in that means. contemplating all the outdoors issues he has to fret about with COVID-19, in a Zoom press convention Friday.
“This yr, simply due to Covid and the state of our world and the way brutal every thing’s been… I don’t assume this can be a time essentially that it’ll creep into my thoughts,” Hurley mentioned. “This yr, it’s simply an necessary recreation.”
The Pirates (12-7, 7-5 Massive East) are one of many prime groups within the Massive East and have one of many convention’s finest gamers, Sandro Mamukelashvili. Hurley supplied a number of program updates forward of the Saturday afternoon matchup at Gampel Pavilion.
Hurley mentioned he was snug taking part in the freshman and added that Jackson has had about 5 practices price of 5-on-5 motion beneath his belt heading into Saturday.
The pinnacle coach mentioned he’s hoping to deploy Jackson in three- or four-minute spurts to assist him get some expertise.
Jackson has performed simply 33 whole minutes this season, with a majority coming within the season opener in opposition to CCSU. He struggled in his restricted time on the court docket earlier than the harm, averaging only one level and 1.5 rebounds per recreation to this point this yr.
Hurley views him as one of many three pillars of the event of this system in his third yr in Storrs, alongside James Bouknight and Akok Akok – who’re each out with accidents proper now as effectively.
Including a recreation to the schedule
Since UConn’s final two video games in opposition to Villanova and St. John’s had been postponed after an official from the Huskies recreation in opposition to Butler examined optimistic, UConn has not performed since Jan. 26.
Coming into the month of January, UConn was trying down the barrel of 9 video games in 26 days. Simply six of these video games got here to fruition. The Huskies have postponed or canceled 10 whole video games this season and performed simply 11.
“There’s been some dialog about including one, including a marquee recreation again,” Hurley mentioned. “Proper now, we’re speaking to the league about that chance.”
There are at the moment 10 Massive East video games left this season, and UConn has but to play Villanova, Xavier, Georgetown or Windfall – or Seton Corridor, however that can be rectified Saturday.
Seven of the workforce’s ultimate 10 contests can be in February and the longest they’ve between any of their video games this month is three days. It will likely be robust squeezing in one other recreation with such little relaxation.
The shortest quantity of relaxation they’ve had between video games got here again in November, with simply in the future off between the CCSU and Hartford video games. Nevertheless, there was no journey between these two and so they had been each held at Gampel Pavilion.
Different harm updates
Hurley mentioned that each Bouknight and Akok are restricted in apply proper now and didn’t supply any updates for his or her timetable to return to motion.
He mentioned they’re each “progressing,” however he’s not sure when they are going to be again.
Hurley additionally added that three gamers on the roster and one tier-one employees member have examined optimistic for Covid-19 all through the season.