SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Here are some highlights of Kevin Ollie’s post-game remarks, following UConn’s big 65-58 win at Notre Dame:
“What a great game. Guys played Three or four times we could have given and they faced adversity and played like true champions. They played together tonight. I can’t overuse that word. I can’t overemphasize it, they stayed together.
“… The game management with our guards was perfect. They kept everybody encouraged, they kept everybody in the game. Tyler Olander was wonderful. Eight for nine. Just looking aggressive and looking like he wanted the challenge. That’s what we expect from him. I always talk about time, seed and harvest. The seeders go first, and then you have the time and then you have the harvest. He’s not finished yet, but I really enjoyed the harvest tonight. He’s been putting in the time and putting the seeds in. No matter what we say to him, and no matter if we take him out of the starting lineup, he comes back the next practice and works his butt off. I’m proud of him, and I’m proud of DeAndre Daniels and I’m just proud of how everybody battled.
“Shabazz Napier kept us in the game in the first half with some great shots. He ended up with 19. This was a great opportunity for us and we took advantage of it.”
“[Over the final 1:04] we just made plays. You know I am going to put it in my guards’ hands at the end of a game when it’s down to one minute. I’m going to put it in Ryan [Boatright’s] or Shabazz’s hands. Ryan went in and got fouled on the hand-checking call and went up and made four big free throws. We needed that. We’ve been stressing in practice that our point guards have to make free throws. He stepped up. But we also got big rebounds at the end of the game. DeAndre got a beautiful rebound over everybody and just jumped out and use his long reach to get nine rebounds. I know he got two or three down the stretch and [Olander] got a big block against Jerian Grant.
“We needed everybody today. Don’t forget about R.J. [Evans], coming in and getting a big offensive rebound. We just talk about hanging in there and hanging around.
“Good things are going to happen to a team that sticks together and a team that plays for one another. We wrote it on the board – ‘our ultimate goal is us’ … It was a good job by our coaching staff and a good job by our players to come and get a great road victory. We want to keep building on this. We have a little time to celebrate this, but after that we have to flush it in the toilet and go get the next one, get ready for Louisville.”