“I think our guys are a little too comfortable with the rotation, their minutes, their shot selection,” he said Thursday.
“Sometimes you gotta wake them up and the bench and shot attempts and minutes is one of those ways.”
That said, he wasn’t overly disappointed with Carter’s performance, pointing out that seven of his missed attempts were layups.
“He attacked the rim, he attacked the basket,” Rice said. “He played within the framework of the offense.”
For his part, UConn coach Kevin Ollie said he expects Carter to rebound and play well against the Huskies.
OLLIE EXPECTS NAPIER BACK
Speaking of UConn’s guards, Ollie said he expects Shabazz Napier back on Sunday after a shoulder injury suffered in the Louisville game. UConn doesn’t practice today (Thursday) so he’ll get a day to rest it.
“(Napier) definitely needed a couple of days,” Ollie said. “He wasn’t going out and playing the type of basketball we needed him to play. He told me he could go (against Pittsburgh), and that was it. I didn’t want to hear about his shoulder, I just wanted him to perform.
SETON HALL GETS INJURED PLAYERS BACK
Speaking of injuries, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard was happy to get Brian Oliver (ankle) and Brandon Mobley (shoulder) back for Wednesday’s 55-47 win over USF. They combined for 23 points in the victory.
“Yeah, it really was,” Willard said. “They only practiced one day. They practiced the day before. So for them to have one practice, Brian being almost four weeks and Brandon a week, I was really pleased not only offensively but I thought they brought some great defensive energy to us.
“They brought some good energy to a group that had really been beaten down with all the injuries.”
Seton Hall (13-6, 2-4) visits St. John’s — winners of three straight — Sunday at the Garden.
Syracuse (18-1, 6-0)
Marquette (13-4, 4-1)
Louisville (16-3, 4-2)
Cincinnati (16-4, 4-2)
Pittsburgh (16-4, 4-3)
St. John’s (12-7, 4-3)
Notre Dame (15-4, 3-3)
Georgetown (13-4, 3-3)
Villanova (12-7, 3-3)
Rutgers (12-6, 3-4)
UConn (12-5, 2-3)
Seton Hall (13-6, 2-4)
Providence (10-9, 2-5)
DePaul (10-8, 1-4)
USF (10-8, 1-5)
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