Kevin Ollie: Huskies Need To Attack With More Confidence Vs. Seton Hall

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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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10 thoughts on “Kevin Ollie: Huskies Need To Attack With More Confidence Vs. Seton Hall

  1. ray-ray

    ollie is doin great adjustment would be to keep boat away from point guard responsibilities.hes a human turnover.

    1. Mike McManus

      Agree fully. Watch other teams like St.Johns move the ball around with crisp, quick passes…as compared to watching UCONN guards dribble away the clock with little or no ball movement. Every coach knows…the pass is quicker than a dribble and that’s what’s needed to beat a zone defense.

  2. PETER

    DANIEL NEEDS TO GET INTO WEIGHT ROOM seriously and needs to gain weight and put on some muscle. He is weak around the basket and is almost afraid to challenge people at the rim. He got stuffed against USF and if he had been stronger he could have pounded the ball in. He really needs to drink protein shakes everyday to put on the weight. There is a big upside for this kid if he can get stronger.

  3. ed

    why do the uconn men historically struggle against zone defenses? other teams dont seem to have that much trouble with it. anyone know?

    1. Juice

      Simple, you need a solid presence inside the middle of the zone that the other team is concerned about. Uconn does not have one PAPA……lol… Go Huskies….

  4. Hip Hop Hood

    Does KO know how to coach against a zone or is he too slow to pick that up?

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