Wolf Gets First Start

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie made a lineup change Friday night, starting center Enosch Wolf in place of forward Tyler Olander.

STORRS - Riding the hot hand, Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie gave center Enosch Wolf his first career start Friday night against Harvard in the Huskies' 57–49 win over the Crimson.

Wolf, who started in place of forward Tyler Olander, finished the game with four points, one block, one steal, one assist and two turnovers in 20 minutes – but no rebounds.

According to Ollie, he was looking to switch things up with the starting lineup.

"I told Tyler just to fight to get that position back," Ollie said. "It's not etched in stone that he's a starter, I go by feel, I go by effort, I go by production. Enosch deserves the start. We'll see when we go through these practices and we will evaluate it day by day."

In his previous two games, Wolf had played 38 minutes, including a 12-point, nine-rebound game in the 69-65 loss against No. 25 North Carolina State. Although he had been played well in spurts, the 7-foot-1 Wolf was not able to record a single rebound against an undersized Harvard front line.

"He did good," Ollie said. "He had a couple dunks, but I need more rebounds. He had zero rebounds, so we need him to rebound the basketball more. We got outrebounded again (27-20), so it's definitely a concern of ours."

Wolf and Olander each played 20 minutes for the Huskies Friday. Olander finished with four points and two rebounds, both of which were on the offensive glass.

Lack of rebounding has been a concern of Ollie's throughout the young season.

"I tell Enosch all the time he's a good 7-footer that we need to rebound," guard Shabazz Napier said. "He didn't rebound. . . .. We all have to collectively rebound the ball, but as a 7-footer you see it, he has to rebound."

Napier had a game-high seven rebounds against Harvard.

"(Wolf) being out there and being big and being aggressive is always a good thing, just because he's so tall," said Ryan Boatright, who had 16 points and three assists. "I feel like him starting had him amped up a little bit more, as anybody will for their first start."

In just nine games this season, Wolf has already set career highs in points, rebounds and minutes. He is averaging 4.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game. He also has an average of 13.7 minutes per game.

Wolf, originally from Goettingen, Germany, came to the Huskies as a freshman in 2010. In his first two years, Wolf saw extremely limited action, with nine points and 12 rebounds in only 36 minutes of play. But limited depth in the frontcourt, UConn will need Wolf's help when Big East Conference play begins Jan. 1 at Marquette.


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