Olander Lost for Finale

The news just keeps getting worse for the Connecticut basketball team.

The Connecticut basketball team is limping to the finish line, with injuries taking almost a daily toll.

Junior forward Tyler Olander was added to the "out for the season" list on Thursday. That's only one more game, Saturday against Providence at Gampel Pavilion. But coach Kevin Ollie can do very little but watch as his depth has been decimated in the last eight days.

Olander suffered a fracture to his left foot during UConn's loss at South Florida Wednesday night. He left the Sun Dome in a protective boot and on crutches. Surgery is likely but no decision will be made until next week. Olander will see a surgeon on Monday to determine the course of treatment.

Junior swingman Niels Giffey suffered a dislocated and fractured index finger Saturday at Cincinnati and was lost for the final two games of the season. And the Huskies (19-10, 9-9 Big East) have been without leading scorer Shabazz Napier the past two games after he injured his foot against Georgetown on Feb. 27.

The Huskies did not practice Thursday but Napier was able to wear two sneakers for a period of time and did some light movement drills on the court.

Freshman guard Omar Calhoun, who has been battling a sprained wrist suffered against Villanova on Feb. 16, rested his wrist Thursday with the hope that he can play Saturday. UConn said Napier and Calhoun are both day-to-day at this point.

UConn is scheduled to practice Friday afternoon. With no postseason play this season because of the NCAA ban resulting from low APR results, the Huskies know that Saturday (noon, ESPNU) will be their last game. Tickets are sold out.

Graduate student R.J. Evans, who transferred from Holy Cross and played his final season at UConn, will be honored on Senior Day. Walk-ons Kiefer Lammi, Dave Vandal and Trey James will also be recognized as departing seniors.

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