UConn 82, Providence 79 (OT): Wrapping Things Up

by Categorized: Kevin Ollie, Omar Calhoun, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, UConn men's basketball

PROVIDENCE – Notes, quotes, thoughts from UConn’s victory

Going to make this quick – it’s late. This was a win that says it all about the 2012-13 Huskies. Last year, with a team that had so much more talent on paper, they lost to Rutgers and Providence. This game was much like last year’s game here, but this time the Huskies found a way to win.

“Exactly,” Shabazz said. “Last year, we would have packed our bags and gone home. This year, we handled the pressure, we kept our composure.”

One gets into sportswriting to write games like this … here’s the main game story for the Friday Courant.


One thing we all do in all sports – fans, media, you name it – is over-compartmentalize the games. Everything that happens in a game is intertwined, so picking out one area can be meaningless. UConn was out-rebounded by a whopping 55 to 24, but won the game because they shot so much better, 50 percent,  had 10 blocks, eight steals, had only 11 turnovers themselves. Those numbers all mitigated the rebounding.

Some great pics from our Stephen Dunn.


Waterbury’s Ryan Gomes was at the game, raising awareness for the need for fibrillaters. He does great service in this area, which can save lives. UConn could have used him in this game, but, um, let’s not go there.


New Kevin Ollie-ism: “Go the extra mile. There’s always less traffic in the second mile than in the first.”

Here is Jeff Jacobs’ take from the game.

Huge three from Omar Calhoun, the lead topic in the UConn Notebook for the Friday Courant.




Tyler Olander’s flu symptoms relented for him to play, but he got into foul trouble and was in for only 12 minutes. Ryan Boatright has tendinitis in one knee, and keeps rolling the other ankle, so he’s not sure which side to limp on. But he played 42 minutes.

Here is your box score.


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7 thoughts on “UConn 82, Providence 79 (OT): Wrapping Things Up

  1. Rev Kevin R Loughran


    Games like this are why fans love to watch too. Thanks for the writing part and for capturing what I saw on my TV. Also thanks for mentioning that Tyler was sick because he looked more than a step slow and now it makes sense.

    The Huskies could have used Gomes? (That’s funny on several levels) They could have used me and I’m 56, 5’9″ and 20 pounds over weight – at least I would have tried to put a body on someone though. :)

    1. Sven Svenson

      56, 5’9″ and 20 pounds overweight yet you think you could help the Huskies rebound. Because you would have tried to put a body on someone. A fat stout body by the sounds of it.

    1. Paul Knopick

      The “idiot,” who brought us three national championships? The “idiot” who lifted UConn from the laughingstoke of the Big East to the top of the heap? What stupidity.

  2. ray-ray

    i find myself critequing every game so here goes.good win—kids continue to play hard.DANIELS is coming on,CALHOUN and WOLFE are getting better.GIFFEY played like he went to oktoberfest before game.OLANDER absolutely sucks.EVANS has gone south—should be next 1,000 point scorerin SALEM YMCA league.does BOATRIGHT have more turnovers than points?NAPIER is the man

  3. HuskytilIdie

    Went to the game Thursday at the “Dunk” In R.I, the first thing I noticed was the fans,,,,,,tons of Uconn supporters there.Number 2…Layoff Boatright he is playing hurt and still getting things done, 3. we have to work on end of half plays with time running out. we need better shots. 4)Refs call everything on Wolfe give the kid a break they are not all fouls 5)Shabazz and Boat PLEASE STAY we need u and coach needs you 6) Nothind rattles the Roxbury boy, Late free throws WET 7)Alex “DLEAGUE” Oriahki still sucks 8)Rudy good luck in Canada

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