BC’s Donahue: Let’s Make The Rivalry A Regular Thing

by Categorized: Kevin Ollie, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball


Had a chance to speak with BC coach Steve Donahue via conference call Tuesday morning.  BC and UConn square off at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night  in the 2K Classic.

Here are a few highlights.

“I’d love to play [UConn regularly],” he said. “I’ve talked to Kevin [Ollie] about it. I’m not an expert on the rivalry, I just know they’re a good program and we’re in the same area. It just makes sense for us to play each other. I’ve got great respect for what they’ve accomplished, they’re one of the great programs in the country the last 15 years. When we have the opportunity to play each other, it makes a whole lot of sense.”

Donahue picked up  on  the excitement of playing UConn for the first time since 2005 when he traveled around and met with alumns.

“It has been been something that really excites our fan base, it’s no doubt,” he said. “Just listening. Like any rivalry, you’re going to get some rally passionate feelings about it. But both sides would say ‘we really want to play each other,’ that’s the resounding feeling I get.”

Donahue, like all opposing coaches, is most impressed with the Huskies backcourt play.

“A lot of times, when you have talented guards, it’s all about them,” he said. “Watching [Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright] on tape, neither one of these kids is focusing on himself. It’s really apparent when your guards play like that, hard to take advantage of any weakness when a team plays like that. … Shabazz Napier is as good as anyone in college basketball when it comes to helping his team win. That’s what I really admire about him, he plays for the team. Everybody else feeds off him. He really makes them go.”

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