MEMPHIS – Okay, time to look ahead, not back. It is tournament time and the Huskies, after an empty end to last season, know they will be back.
“It’s a great thing to hopefully see your name being called,” Shabazz Napier said, “and with your teammates and everybody smiling and knowing we have a chance to hoist another trophy.”
The Huskies will experience that Sunday night as they watch the selection show. It looks like they’re going to be a No. 5 seed, they could play Harvard, they could play North Dakota State, they could go to Buffalo, Spokane, St. Louis, Orlando … who cares at this point? They’re going somewhere, and that’s what they all came to UConn, or came back to UConn or stayed at UConn to do.
They lost to Louisville again, and if they play them a fourth time, it would be hard to make an argument for things being any different. Louisville is just better right now, but the Cardinals are just better than all but a handful of teams. The UConn wins over Memphis and Cincinnati are the operatives here, they gave the Huskies their mojo back.
And with a 26-8 record, there’s no reason to be anything but confident. “If we get to Dallas, nobody’s going to be thinking about this game,” Ryan Boatright said.
Kevin Ollie: “We want to win a national championship. … We’re going to go deep into this tournament, that’s our goal.”
Here’s Kevin Ollie’s complete postgame take:
“The first half we came out and established ourselves, we got down about 14 and anytime you spot a team like Louisville 14 points it’s hard to come back. We did some good things in the second half. I was proud of our guys that we kept fighting. Now we go into the next tournament. We want to win a national championship. I still believe in this team, we got to clean things up but I like our execution in the second half and we got to show heart and compete and that’s what I like and hopefully it carries over to the NCAA Tournament.
“No, I’m not into moral victories, but I did like how we responded the second half, just with the ball movement we had, getting Amida going, he had 14 points, most of them came in Continue reading