UConn loses reserve guard to stress fracture in right tibia

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When UConn takes on Cincinnati Thursday night, they Huskies will do so without one piece of their perimeter rotation.

According to Neill Ostrout of the Journal Inquirer, sophomore guard Sam Cassell Jr. will miss the game due to a stress fracture in his right tibia and is expected to be sidelined “for a few weeks.” Cassell’s averaging 3.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game on the season, but like many of his teammates he’s struggled from a percentage standpoint as he’s shooting 27.6% from the field and 26.5% from beyond the arc on the season.

With junior Omar Calhoun returning to the rotation (and ultimately the starting lineup), Cassell’s minutes have been inconsistent in recent weeks. While Cassell played 22 minutes in the Huskies’ loss at Stanford January 17 and 13 minutes in a win over USF on Sunday, he played a total of 16 minutes in the other three games in the five games prior to this injury.

With Ryan Boatright, Daniel Hamilton and Calhoun making up the starting perimeter trio and Rodney Purvis and Terrence Samuel coming off the bench, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie has the pieces to account for the loss of Cassell.