UConn 100, UMass-Lowell 62: Kevin Ollie’s Take

by Categorized: DeAndre Daniels, Kevin Ollie, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

Some highlights from Kevin Ollie’s post-game remarks, following UConn’s victory over UMass-Lowell at the XL Center:


“We played better. We were more relaxed out there. Guys played with intensity and effort and it wasn’t like last game, AIC, when we went in 12-minute stints. I thought we sustained our effort a lot more.

… [Ryan] Boatright was great in the beginning of the game, stabilizing us when Shabazz [Napier] got in foul trouble. DeAndre [Daniels] was great. Omar [Calhoun], once again got an easy 20 for us. So, we’re going to need our guards to step up.

“Omar wants to shoot. Doesn’t matter if he makes or misses, he wants the next shot.”

Overall, we did a great job attacking the basket and getting to the rim and making them foul us and putting the ref in the position where he had to call the foul. We didn’t settle on the perimeter. … Our physicality is going to come from our effort.”

“… I’m looking for [Daniels] to rebound like that….We need him to be all over the glass. We still need to box out a little bit more, and we’re going to be stressing that in practice, but I thought he did a hell of a job attacking the basketball, going and getting the ball in traffic, and sometimes out of his area. He dedicated himself all summer, and when he came back [later in the summer] he continued to dedicate himself.”

We definitely wanted to shoot [free throws] better. I like us getting to the free throw line. That’s the first thing – we wanted to get to the free throw line. We wanted to establish that, getting inside the paint, settling the game down. We definitely want to shoot a better percentage from the free throw line, but that will come. I think we’ve got a good free throw shooting team.

“I thank Greg [Herenda] for doing [employing defensive pressure]. He did an excellent job by putting us where we could work on our zone, where we could work on pressure. Just different aspects of the game that we didn’t see against AIC…. I thought our guys handled the pressure pretty well, especially our guards, with Boatright having just two turnovers. That’s what we need. We need him to have a three to one ratio. We need him to take care of the ball if we’re going to be efficient on the offensive end….If we’re not turning the ball over and we’re not taking ill-advised shots, it helps us to get defensive balance.”

“First of all, I’m looking forward [to going to Germany] to honor our troops, that’s what it’s all about. They do a great job for us, doing all the things they do so we can have our freedoms over here. That’s going to be a great experience for our guys. And going over there to the children’s hospital and things like that – that’s why you’re in this role, to be a blessing to someone.”


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3 thoughts on “UConn 100, UMass-Lowell 62: Kevin Ollie’s Take

  1. T Caff

    I really think Warde Cleaver should be taking all of Kevin Ollie in. Honestly Warde is there a better man in the country to take over an ailing program than KO? Seriously, listen to the man talk, watch the way he commands respect from not only players but everyone who comes in contact with him. Do us all a favor and RECOGNIZE! Give the man his due, you have clearly seen enough. The slower you move, the more glaring your indecision will be.



  3. uconn-paul

    As a life long Husky fan at age 62 I’ll be forever indepted to what JC has done to put UCONN BASKETBALL on the map and keep it there. Prior to the 98/99 season however he took a lot of heat about not winning the big games and a lot of criticism in another area. The way he treated some of his players. Mean & a bully,along with his frequent back turned pouting directed towards his players were criticisms sometimes talked about about and often whispered. After winning his first national championship howerer most of that stuff wasn’t heard anymore.I must admit I was one of those who occassionally had those feelings about JC’s style.I felt sorry for several players who did not satisfy him and wound up at the end of the bench. The incoming class of 96/97 had Richard Hamilton,Kevin Freeman,Kake Voskuhl and a kid named Michael LeBlanc. Michael came from the same high school in Houston as Jake Voskhul. As a matter of fact UC went to watch Michael play and discovered Jake in the process. Michael was captain of the Strake Jesuit HS team his sophomore,junior and senior years. They were 4a Texas hs champs for 4 years. Michael averaged 24 points a game and 12 rebounds his senior year. He was said to be a great kid.When the 96/97 season started however he sat at the end of the bench. Averaged 4 min.a game. Too soft and too much of a finesse player was what I heard. Takes the “West Coast Style” to an extreme, I remember hearing. He transferred after his freshman year. What I’m getting at is…Last year I had a lot of the same feelings about DeAndre Daniels. I’m so happy to hear what I’ve heard about his play this year. I’m so happy to hear about KO seeming to have a much kinder, gentler side to his manner than JC. Some kids need that more than others. Don’t get me wrong.I will always be indepted to JC and what he has done to put UC on the map. He has probably added a year or 2 to my life by all the joy he has brought me. HEY, lets support these kids and enjoy this year!!! GO UCONN !!!

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