Marquette 82, UConn 76 (OT): Wrapping Things Up From Milwaukee

by Categorized: Big East, Enosch Wolf, Kevin Ollie, Niels Giffey, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, UConn men's basketball
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MILWAUKEE – Just going to give you a couple of quick thoughts. Have a very early flight home. …

The Huskies  lost their first Big East game, but as with its previous two losses, it only offered more reasons to like  the way this UConn team plays.

They play hard, they play together, they show resiliency and toughness. There is no reason to believe, after watching this game, that the Huskies cannot be competitive against all but the best teams in the Big East. Matching the eight wins they got last year – with what was, on paper, a much more talented team – shouldn’t be considered pie-in-the-sky hopes any more.

Yes, they got out-rebounded again and were really pounded on the boards early in the game. But there came a point, maybe eight minutes into the game, in which they had enough and started hitting Marquette first. And rebounds were about even after that. It’s not always the final rebounding stat that counts, it’s the trend, the way a game plays out.

“We started grabbing some more rebounds,” Niels Giffey said, “and that kept us in the game.”

Tyler Olander still looks lost out there.

It’s a tough loss to swallow. An officiating error played into it. Enosch Wolf getting into foul trouble, and missing an easy dunk, was an earlier four-point swing. Marquette made a miracle shot to tie it, but the Huskies should not have let Junior Cadougan shot without contesting better, or perhaps fouling.

“We got a lot of bad breaks,” Shabazz Napier said.

But it was fun, and this team is having fun and provided more fun for its fans than anyone could have anticipated.

I’m just going to link to our home page tonight – there you will find all our coverage, including the  game story, notebook, box score and photo gallery.

Don’t forget, our live chats are back, beginning Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

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7 thoughts on “Marquette 82, UConn 76 (OT): Wrapping Things Up From Milwaukee

  1. kevin

    I liked the effort, I still am beside myself when Shabazz dribbles up and pulls up a quick 3. He is not a 3 point shooter, sure he can hit them, but doesn’t have the smooth stroke of Ray Allen, Rashad Anderson, Brian Fair, etc. penetrate, I know we wouldn’t be where we are without him but his game can improve if his decision making improves.

    Love KO and his contract, thanks for finally doing the right thing Warde.

    1. 81Alum

      Dude, the kid shot 4 of 7 from 3-pt range. How is he not “a shooter”? If not for Shabazz, this team would not have a prayer. He’s their heart, soul and guts. He’s also an excellent reflection of his coach(es) and his mentor (Kemba).
      I don’t know of a player -college or pros- who doesn’t take an ill-advised shot at least once a game.

  2. RAY RAY

    real tuff loss.bazz and boatwright are trying everything.good to see the two german kids play better.dont know what daniels is about, and calhoun not ready for big east play yet.olander would have a hard time playing against porter and chester institute right now.

  3. Jack from Raliegh

    Very Pleased with their effort. Enjoyed watching them play. Keep up the good work.

  4. Mike McManus

    I am so disappointed in Olander. How can a man that big play that many minutes and get a few points and a couple of rebounds? It’s pathetic the way Marquette’s big man went right around him on several occasions for easy layups. He could at least step in front of the guy and take a charge? Which brings me to another observation…no one on this UCONN team seems willing to sacrifice their body to take a charge. Numerous opponents have driven right down the lane while UCONN defenders take a swipe with their hands as they go by but never move to position themselves to take a charge. Have the coaches instructed them not to do so? It seems like Olander has regressed rather than improved.

  5. Ed

    Hip Hop Fool,

    Enough of yur stupidity. Pull the covers over your head, jerk off your hard-on for Ollie, and stay there, with the covers over your head, which is how you probably live.

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