STORRS – A few thoughts and quotes off UConn’s loss to Louisville.
How bad was the officiating? Rare is a game, in any sport any level any time, that people don’t think the officiating was atrocious. From where I sat, it looked like a terrible “no-call” and I could see Kevin Ollie going ballistic there.
As he said, you can’t lose your composure. But it happens, it’s part of coaching.
And the bottom line, UConn was not winning this game. Louisville, which is getting its act together, overmatched them. Manhandled them. Officiating is what it is.
Ryan Boatright: “I respected it. I’m glad [Ollie] had our backs. He was saying what we all couldn’t say. Some of those calls were ridiculous. That call he got kicked out on was definitely a foul. He stood up for us.”
Brian O’Connell worked the Georgetown-Seton Hall game at D.C. on Saturday and quickly flew to Storrs to work the night game. Tom O’Neill, scheduled to work the game, could not get out of Chicago and O’Connell was called upon. We just pass that along.
“Two unsportsmanlike Class A technical fouls,” referee Mike Stuart told a pool reporter. “The first one was reacting to running down the sideline. The second one was coming on the floor to protest the call.”
Stuart, coincidentally, was on the officiating crew in Milwaukee on Jan. 1, 2013, the night the officials had the teams going the wrong way in OT and took points off the scoreboard.
Montrezl Harrell. Wow. Rick Pitino said he’s worked hard and vastly improved his footwork.
Kevin Ollie’s take
“Our aggressiveness wasn’t there I n the beginning of the game and they figured that out. We settled a lot, with threes. And I thought Ryan Boatright did an excellent job when we got down, starting to go to the rim and not settle. It shows them we’re going to fight, too.
We’ve got to play with emotion. When we got down we started playing a little bit, but we’ve Continue reading