Kevin Ollie: ‘I’m Not Inclined to Sit Anybody’ … Notes, Quotes Going Into Finale

by Categorized: DeAndre Daniels, Kevin Ollie, Omar Calhoun, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, UConn men's basketball

No reasonably healthy Husky will sit on Saturday. If Shabazz Naper and/or Omar Calhoun can play, they will.

“I’m not inclined to sit anybody,” Kevin Ollie said, on a teleconference Friday. “We owe it to the fans, if you’re healthy enough to play, to go out and play. I want to finish on a up note. We owe that to our fans to go out and give it all we’ve got.

 The Huskies have a chance to get that 20th win, and throw a wrench in the Providence playoff gears. The game, at noon, will the best last of the season for UConn. The end was going to be painful in any event, with no postseason, but all the injuries give that a different dimension.

Ollie sounded optimistic about Napier, who has missed the last two games with the sprained left foot. “He’s feeling better,” Ollie said.

If Calhoun can’t go, Leon Tolksdorf will fill in as a three-point shooting threat and possibly Brendan Allen will play more. Tolksdorf is probably the backup center to Phil Nolan, with Tyler Olander out.

Lots more on this on our website, which will be updated later Friday

Here is our capsule look at the match-up.


Ollie on the Big East breakup:

“Our president, Susan Herbst and our athletic director, Warde Manuel, are going to put us in the best position,” Ollie said, “I’m going to coach ‘em, whether we’re playing in the back yard, in the ACC or in whatever this conference is called. That’s my job. UConn basketball is going to be here forever, I’m just glad I’m going to be a part of it.”

Here is Paul Doyle’s story on the latest Big East break-up news.

On Providence

“This is a great team. … Kadeem Batts is one of the, is the most improved player in the Big East. DeAndre Daniels is right behind him.”

On Tyler Olander: “We were looking for more production and I’m sure he wanted to have a better year, but he stayed in the fight, and that’s the important thing.”

With all the snow up in that part of the state, UConn did not have it’s scheduled open practice. Ollie spoke on a conference call.

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4 thoughts on “Kevin Ollie: ‘I’m Not Inclined to Sit Anybody’ … Notes, Quotes Going Into Finale

  1. Dave

    All of Conecticut will be supporting the guys tomorrow. Also thanking them for their strong effort this past season. Job well done guys.

  2. ray-ray


  3. Rev Kevin R Loughran

    Three top reasons for it to be next October.

    3. It means I get to skip the Florida summer.

    2. Playoff baseball.

    1. Anticipating the start of what will be a banner year for the Huskies!

    What happens in between only God knows. Good luck today guys and thanks for a great season.

    1. bill leonard

      I agree Rev. about the Florida summer(no place to be working outside for Ct. boy LOL) I’ll go for the start of Football,as my Metsies aren’t likely playoff bound. Hopefully,Coach Ollie can get some more of his recruits to play UCONN Basketball next season and many seasons to come.Hard nosed defense,fast break offense mentally and physically tough.Playing the game as it should be played. Thanks,Good Luck,Play Hard!!

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