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Get loud!: UConn coach Dan Hurley has actually discovered it hard to reconcile that his team got “out-toughed” by St. John’s on Monday. He wants more vocal leadership from his players.

” We have too numerous peaceful guys,” he said. “I took a step back the last couple of days in practice, demanded more energy from them. I seem like they lean excessive on me to create the energy. We require more of a player-driven group than a coach-driven group.”.

Lock him up: In UConn’s 76-74 overtime loss to Creighton on Dec. 20, junior point player R.J. Cole did a great job keeping Big East preseason Player of the Year Marcus Zegarowski in check, holding him to a quiet 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting. In fact, for the a lot of part, the Huskies have actually done a good job safeguarding their opponent’s top scorer. St. John’s Julian Champagnie, the Big East’s leading scorer, scored a peaceful 12 on Monday. DePaul’s Charlie Moore, who averages 13.2 per video game, scored nine and 8 in UConn’s two wins over the Blue Demons. Butler’s Jair Bolden (12.8 ppg) scored 9. In fact, Zegarowski isn’t even the Bluejays’ top scorer. That’s Denzel Mahoney, who averages 15.1 per game put scored just 10 because first meeting.

” Some games we have, some video games we have not (done an excellent task on the opposing finest gamer),” Hurley reasoned. “You do a good task on their best player, you can’t let bench guys can be found in and do what the St. John’s bench people did to us. Otherwise, it all means nothing.”.

We reunite: Creighton coach Greg McDermott overcame Dan Hurley in their Dec. 20 matchup at Gampel Pavilion, winning in overtime. That evened the record between the coaches at 1-1: in a 2017 NCAA competition initially round game out in Sacramento, Calif., Hurley directed Rhode Island to an 84-72 success over McDermott’s Bluejays.