UConn coach Dan Hurley quiets the ‘Final Four favorites’ noise as he snaps the Huskies back to attention
The UConn men’s basketball team felt pressure to get past the first round of this year’s NCAA Tournament, but now, even as favorites to take a fifth national championship trophy back to…
“I jumped them [Tuesday] in practice because they’ve gotta get their heads out of their phones,” Hurley said. “There’s obviously a lot of media and attention that comes with this that’s great for the university, it’s great for the basketball program. When you get on this stage it’s a great opportunity for everyone but we’ve got to be focused on the work, we’ve got, like, 101 hours or something – no one’s counting, but like 101 hours until we play. And we need to be completely immersed in our work and in preparation for a great Miami team.”
“I’ve been just mining Coach Calhoun for information, advice, wisdom, especially in the last month but recently on overdrive, just to try to squeeze every bit of information from him. He’s been a fixture here and he’ll be back before we go for one last message for the boys and then he’ll be with us (in Houston),” Hurley said.
“Obviously Geno (Auriemma, the UConn women’s coach) has been an incredible resource since I’ve been here and he’s obviously been helpful to get ready for this weekend. Then for me, Jay Wright’s been great to me, Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski), with their Final Four experience. And then I have my own people: my brother, my dad, (ESPN college basketball analyst and former head coach) Seth Greenberg – the people that give me great advice just as a coach, really smart people that I respect.