Ramblings from the desk of a medicated Mr. Gaff. Battling sickness and talking sports.
TORRINGTON: Battling and beating (very slowly) a wicked sinus infection that has kept me in since Monday has prevented any gym appearances so far this week but that doesn’t mean there is not plenty to talk about in the world that is LCS.
Not sure how much stronger medicines I can be on without wiping this thing out while I continue to wait for the check from the tissue company for the volumes of them I have piled through.
Sleep is the key and so far, an elusive one due to a sneaky cough in the middle of the night that makes dozing next to impossible when the asthma kicks in. So that sound you hear emanating from up near Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is just me, trying to make sure the air keep flowing.
Alright, enough about the Walking Dead, which comes back this Sunday by the way. It’s about time.
Let’s talk sports.
….Didn’t watch the entire UConn women’s game on Monday night against South Carolina because of the illness but caught the replay on Tuesday morning.
That smile on Breanna Stewarts face on Saturday when we asked her about going to play in that big game had not left yet.
This kid simply loves to play at the highest level, under the brightest lights and in front of a crowd wishing that she would fail.
The thought of playing 40 minutes? Bring it. With her team normally up by 40 late in the third quarter, Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck simply never get to do that and ate up the opportunity to do so against the Gamecocks.
It might go down as a 12-point win but that was a very similar game to when SC came to Storrs last year and went away a 25-point loser.
Even Geno Auriemma had a big smile on his face after watching his team attack the strength of the South Carolina defense which was their strong inside game with ease, right off the bat.
You have a strength? Okay, let us exploit it for you.
The Gamecocks, supported by a brilliant sell-out crowd that is a tribute to what Dawn Staley is building down south was the perfect environment for a major upset but the wrong opponent game to town, looking to flex their muscles and they certainly did.
It still comes down to ‘they have Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck’ and you don’t.
The trio is as motivated as they are talented and that’s an impossible mountain to overcome.
Indianapolis, here we come.
….A nice win by the UConn men on Sunday against a team they should have handled and did.
Head coach Kevin Ollie is working to keep his players on a level keel, hoping to build on their recent momentum without falling back as they did with losses to Cincinnati and Temple earlier this season.
The men are in Philly on Thursday night looking to get one back and win their 18th game of the regular season, one more than they won in the regular season a year ago.
Jalen Adams has emerged as an energy player who can make things happen and while he will still act like a first year player at times, those times are becoming less while his ability to create offense either himself or via the assist has been a welcome addition to the team.
Daniel Hamilton is starting to round back into shape nicely and how about the play of one Phil Nolan who is no longer being cast as a guy who can take a charge or two a game and that’s it.
Nolan’s contribution doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet but Ollie has gotten more out of his big man this year than in any previous campaign.
How many wins gets the Huskies into the NCAA Big Dance this year?
It may not be so much about the number than about who they beat. Take care of the teams you should handle and maybe sneak a spilt of the remaining SMU match ups and make a long run into the AAC Tournament might be a good place to start.