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.
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.