UConn 101, Detroit 55: Wrapping It Up From Gampel

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, Kevin Ollie, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

STORRS – Notes, quotes, thoughts from UConn’s easy victory over Detroit.

Nothing to see here, folks. This was supposed to be an easy win – Detroit is not very good – and it was. UConn took care of business, and did not let up. If Kevin Ollie wanted to find something to criticize, it would have been hard.

Everybody played, everybody contributed a little something. If Ollie wanted to leave them in, Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright might’ve both had triple doubles, but with a 40-point lead he wisely took them out.

Niels “Bull’eye” Giffey is still hot, 5 of 6 from the floor. Fifteen in the first half, none in the second, and that’s becoming a little running joke with the team.

Lots of coverage as always on our main website.

Here is the game story.

The picture gallery from Steve Dunn. And the Huskies notebook.

Here’s Kevin Ollie’s take:

“It was a great game.  We were anticipating them to come out and try to pound the backboards; I think they were plus-22 on the backboards in two games and we just showed our muscle down there.  We were plus-15 tonight.  It was just a great job by our bigs and by our guards again.  Shabazz getting eight rebounds was big, and Ryan Boatright was terrific.”

“We just really buckled down on defense.  Our defense was extraordinary.  We were flying around, we were contesting shots.  And when we rebound it just allows us to fast break even more. We’re lethal when we can get everybody running and sharing the basketball like we did.”

“This team is deep.  We’ve got a lot of versatile basketball players.  And we’re sharing the basketball. I think everybody came in and played. It was just a collective effort.  It was a team-made victory, not a self-made victory.”

He’s giving us another spark.  We’ve just got to execute in the second half for him and get him some shots.  But in the first halves he’s just coming in and giving us that spark.  He’s been spacing the floor for us, too.  Shabazz is finding him, Ryan is finding him.  Our point guards are doing a great job of finding the hot hand.”

“We’ve come up with every rebounding drill there is. We could put out a rebounding DVD. It was just a matter of going and getting the ball. We couldn’t come  up with another rebounding drill.

“I was disappointed with our pride-effort after the Yale game, but it shows a good team by how they respond, and they responded the right way.”



Always fun when a walk-on scores, Tor Watts’ basket brought the Huskies to their feet. Great moment.


Boston College, which will be UConn’s opponent at The Garden on Nov. 21, lost its 2K Classic game at home to Toledo. … Another interesting result for UConn: Yale lost to Rutgers by a point.

No official word yet on letters of intent.


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