PROVIDENCE – Some highlights of Kevin Ollie’s remarks, following UConn’s emotional victory at Providence:
“Well, coach [George] Blaney has been around a long time, but he has never seen a stat sheet like this. But I really love the fact we had more points than Providence.
We played initially good defense, but then they started getting rebounds. We challenged them at halftime to play a little tough and that’s exactly what they did.
DeAndre [Daniels] was man down there. … I remember him jumping over everybody to get a big rebound for us.
I had no five men at the end, no fours, but we had each other. And that’s what it’s all about. That’s a team I want to coach, right there. I’m glad I had these guys in the bus with me. ”
“… We found a way to dig deep and get a game that was all from the heart.”
“Omar [Calhoun] has never shied away from bit shots, from the big stage, but the play was really made by Ryan [Boatright] with his penetration. To spot a freshman out there, that was a great point-guard play.”
“It’s good to come out and get a victory here. This is a hell of a win. Everybody knows [rebounding] is not something we’re doing as well as I’d like. … You can’t go back and get rebounds you didn’t get. All you can do is box out and get the next one. We were able to get the crucial rebounds and that’s why we prevailed.”
“I tell the kids all the time, ‘go the second mile. There’s less traffic on the second mile than on the first.”