Kevin Ollie Wary of Improved DePaul; Notes, Quotes from Practice

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STORRS – Some notes, quotes, thoughts from practice on Monday morning:


DePaul comes into Gampel on Tuesday night. The Blue Demons (10-5) are 4-0 on the road, with a one-point loss to Seton Hall and a win at Providence in the Big East, so it’s a better DePaul team that you’re used to seeing.

“They’re executing their ball pressure very well,” Kevin Ollie said. “They have a belief in themselves and their coaching. They’re feeling very good about themselves.”

DePaul has been forcing a lot of turnovers, but UConn’s guards, especially Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatight, have been rather effective taking care of the ball.

Boatright: “When I see a press my eyes light up. I call that ‘lay-up city.’”


UConn has had a week to sit on that tough loss at Marquette, and things got a little testy in practice. Boatright and DeAndre Daniels – roommates and close friends – got into a scuffle during a box-out drill the other day.

“I’m strong,” Boatright said, “and when I get down low, guys get mad.”

Daniels said, “it’s all love now.”

Ollie: “Our guys are tired of hitting each other, that’s good.”


Ollie said he spoke with Big East commissioner Mike Aresco and the head of officials (Art Hyland) about the overtime mistake at Marquette. “They apologized and I accepted their apology,” Ollie said. “It’s over.”


Key matchup tomorrow could be Daniels against DePaul’s top player, Cleveland Melvin. It’s a chance for Daniels to adjust and grow into the challenge he will face as a ‘four’ in the Big East.

“I know he’s a great player and he’s very strong,” Daniels said, “but I know almost all the guys I face in the Big East are going to be way stronger than me.”


Daniels sat much of the game at Marquette; once Niels Giffey got in and rebounding improved, Ollie stayed with it.

“I don’t want to feel again at halftime the way I felt at Marquette,” Ollie said. “If you don’t rebound, you’re coming out.”

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6 thoughts on “Kevin Ollie Wary of Improved DePaul; Notes, Quotes from Practice

  1. Chris

    Play wolf at center and olander at the 4. Daniels will rebound much better at three.

      1. Chris

        I think he has to rotate from a three guard offense to a two guard offense throughout the game. When they are getting killed on the boards. Instead of just running the three guard offense continuously. Especially when they don’t really push the ball that much compared to how they used to run when Ollie was running the point. Calhoun Boatright and Napier can rotate through two positions and they all can play the two. I am just saying I would like to see what happens with a traditional lineup for a few minutes during each game. My thought is the team would rebound much better when Calhoun is boxing out a two guard and Daniels is boxing out a 3 guard.

  2. Hanson

    Agree with Chris. But fouls will be the problem. If Wolf and Olander both get into foul trouble, we’re toast!

    1. Andrew

      Agrred, Olander is way too foul prone for this. You could play a few mins a game with him and Wolf both down low (pushing Daniels out to SF)but I don’t see this as a long term solution.

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