Kevin Ollie spoke to reporters on a teleconference Friday, to talk about UConn’s next opponent, Seton Hall on Sunday at Newark.
“They’re 2-8 in the league, but they played Pittsburgh very tough, real tough,” he said. “They’re 2-8, but we could easily be 2-8 in the league, or have a better record than we do have. It comes down to possessions. They’re a dangerous, dangerous team. We don’t want them to start rolling on our watch.”
UConn split with the Pirates last year, getting beat handily at The Prudential Center at a time when Seton Hall was got, beating them later in the season at XL when Seton Hall began to slide.
As for the changes Ollie talked about after the loss at St. John’s, he clarified, he wants “a mind-set change,” meaning to start the game with more intensity. Strategically, shutting in for the snow storm has given him the chance scour tape. He has watch the Seton Hall-Pitt game twice. His conclusion was obvious – too many three-point shots, not enough attacking the rim. Ollie said he is thinking about some new set plays to run against zone defense.
“We’ve got to be a little stronger, more forceful in putting down the two,” he said. “we have to convert on those easy baskets we get around the rim.”
UConn, and Ryan Boatright in particular, have been missing a lot of layups. Ollie addressed some of this on the Big East teleconference on Thursday.
UConn practiced Thursday morning; everyone came through healthy. With the school shut down on Friday, there was no practice. After the storm clears out Saturday, the Huskies will make their way to Jersey for the game, which starts Sunday at noon.
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