UConn 82, Providence 79 (OT): Kevin Ollie’s Take

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 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.”


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4 thoughts on “UConn 82, Providence 79 (OT): Kevin Ollie’s Take

  1. Rev Kevin R Loughran

    Out rebounded by 31 and the other amazing stat to go along with it is that they were out scored from the line by about 15.

    And yet they found a way to win.

    That’s a coach and his players buying in and trusting each other, that’s a team.

    Speaking of the coach I thought he made a brilliant adjustment against the zone at halftime by starting to move Calhoun to the foul line and bringing the bigs out to screen on the perimeter to create seams. This game will help against Syracuse.

    I’d still like to see us get into the offense about 3 seconds sooner in end of half/game situations. Easy to say from my strategic spot at the edge of the lazy boy though.

    Great job Huskies! Thanks for the enjoyable evening and season.

    1. shawn

      im sorry but they will be blown out by syracuse.. that is one big team cuse got

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