South Florida 65, UConn 51: Kevin Ollie’s Take

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TAMPA, Fla. – Kevin Ollie’s remarks following UConn’s 65-51 loss to South Florida

 “It was a tough second half. They came out and played well, shot 45 percent, which was bad defense on us, but good execution by them.”

“We just got to come out and make shots.  Our last two games, we’ve been 5 of 38 from three. Ryan [Boatright] had a tough night and Omar [Calhoun] had a tough night and with Niels [Giffey] and Shabazz [Napier] out I need those guys to make shots.”

“Hopefully we can make them 12 o’clock on Saturday. We got another opportunity to get 20 wins. We’re going to stay together and we’re going to keep fighting. I thought the guys played a good first half but in the second half it got away from us and USF played very, very well.”

“They played tough defense, made a few more shots [than last time], got out in transition a little but more. We missed a lot of shots, they got a lot of opportunities to get out and run.”

“We never got in a rhythm offensively in the second half and the two reliable scorers I have out on the court, besides DeAndre [Daniels], who played a great game –  for Omar and Ryan to shoot that bad, it’s kind of tough for us to win games.”

“I’m satisfied with the effort, the shots didn’t go in. We’ve got to play better defense, though, I’m not satisfied with almost  46 percent shooting. We lost some of our principles in the second half and they got some easy buckets. We go back to the drawing board, give them day off, then come back Friday and practice hard and hopefully have a better showing shooting-wise against Providence.”

“I’m not making excuses. We lost a couple of principles and they got some easy buckets here and there. When you’re shooting that bad, it’s tough – we want to make some shots so we can set up pour defense and be loaded up.”

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4 thoughts on “South Florida 65, UConn 51: Kevin Ollie’s Take

  1. Rev Kevin R Loughran

    What does one say? I was at the game and once it was clear that Calhoun couldn’t make a shot it was over – USF essentially played defense to insure that he was the one with open looks from that under 4 time out in the first half until the Huskies finally cracked, that meant that Daniel was doubled everywhere he went and he’s not accustomed to being the play maker for other guys. Boatright was decidedly average with the ball – he needs to get stronger in the offseason so that he can split double teams and find the open man, that or “Bazz” needs to be healthy. The defense was aweful most of the night, it went from spoty in the first half to non-existent in the second half. I swear someone should test Tyler Olander to see if he has mono – his feet look like they are stuck in the mud. Very different player from the guy I saw early last year or in his freshman season.

  2. kevin

    we don’t have depth this year and we missed two of our horses. Great season, finish strong boys and get that 20th win! Going to be a touch game saturday, Providence is tough.

    Overall real happy with the season, hope Shabazz stays.

    1. UCONNFB

      Where is Napier going?
      Even at his best this season he has shown very little to make him attractive to an NBA team.
      Was Jeremy Lamb a better player at Uconn than Napier is? Of course. And how is he doing in the NBA? Any talk of Napier leaving early is absurd. He 1000% needs one more year of college ball to refine his game.

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