STORRS – Okay, wow, what a game. … It’s late and there’s a ton to talk about, but let’s start here:
There’s such a thing as “knowing how to win,” though some hate intangibles. … And there is no substitute for it. UConn’s experience in games like this means they stay calm at the end, and calm – as in Shabazz Napier with a second to go – is what often makes the difference.
Here’s the game story for the Tuesday Courant.
Now, Kevin Ollie’s take:
“I’m happy, but I’m a little exhausted. Another one-point game but, once again, we showed our resolve. We didn’t do a lot of things but, at the end of the day, we got a win, because it’s about our heart. We’re not the biggest team in America but, man, I wouldn’t trade our heart for anybody.”
“It’s heart that’s going to get you through. Sometimes you can’t go over the top of it, you can’t go under it, you’ve got to go right through it. That’s what this team is doing.
“I don’t know how we do it. You look on this stat sheet. I don’t know how we do it…They shoot 49 percent and out-rebound us but, at the end of the day, we get it done. It’s a magical team. They’ve been through a lot.
“The three-point line really helped us….That allowed us to stay in the game.
“[Florida] is going to be real good. That’s money in the bank right there. They’ve got a couple of people hurt right now, but in March, they’re going to be a team to be reckoned with. [Their big men] have muscles on top of muscles.”
“People who h ave been around here a while know what we do. We outlast our opponents. We did that one more time tonight, we outlasted them.”
“Shabazz was phenomenal. Whenever we need a big shot, he makes that. Whenever we Continue reading