UConn 84, Maryland-Eastern Shore 50: Kevin Ollie’s Take

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

 HARTFORD – Some highlights from Kevin Ollie’s remarks following UConn’s 84-50 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore.

 “I want to just take this timeout to really thank the guys and the cheerleaders and what we did in the beginning of the game.  It was just a great tribute to all the victims.  It’s just a sad day, but we’re going to continue not just to have moments, but have a movement where we can stop this violence.  I think a moment is just not enough.  We always have moments and then it goes away.  Hopefully, we’ll have a movement.  And hopefully we can get down there soon.  We’re trying to plan something after Christmas to get down there, to Newtown.

… Maybe a practice, an autograph session, a clinic for the kids. We’ve let them know we’re available. Hopefully, we can put some smiles on some of the faces.”

Once we had to start to play the game, I thought the guys executed.  I thought they played well.  Defense was non-existent in the first half.  Giving 46 percent, that’s not something that we want to do.  But the second half, they turned it on, and it was led by our guards.  And thenLeon came in and Niels came in and just played aggressive defense and, I think, we held them to 29 percent, which is what we want to do.  We imposed our will on them in the second half.

I was very happy with the ball movement – 21 assists, nine turnovers.  That’s one of our goals.

Of course, we got out-rebounded again.  We’ll continue to try to shore that up.  But I will take 66 percent (shooting) and I will take a win.  I thought we did a pretty good job overall, especially coming out in the second half and playing UConn basketball.

Going into the Big East season – I wanted to use these three games to see what we have on that bench, what guys can do.  But they’ve been doing very, very well in practice.  If they weren’t doing the job in practice, I wouldn’t have the confidence to play them in these games.  They’ve been doing a tremendous job.  They’ve been staying with us.  Phillip [Nolan], Leon [Tolksdorf], they’ve been doing a terrific job.  When you continue to work, results have got to follow.  They been doing it hard, they’ve been doing it honest and they’ve been coming in and giving us a great practice, every day.

Everybody has got to be alive on our team.  Our margin of error is not that big.

I love Tyler [Olander], but he’s got to go get the ball. He’s got to play for me. I’m not going to get disheartened about him. … We need those three guys [Olander, Wolf, Nolan] to play better, you all know that.”


… Omar [Calhoun] and Ryan [Boatright] have been doing extra work.  Our guards have been doing extra work.  I know it’s ball movement, but you still have to make the shot.  We call it “B.D’s.”  Basketball Development.  And they’ve been doing the extra work.  Not just the two hours we have in practice, but staying after with Coach Hobbs, Coach Blaney, Coach Miller.  Coming in on their own, shooting.  That’s what they’ve been doing, and it’s going to pay off.  That’s what we keep telling the guys:  Do not be allergic to the gym.

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9 thoughts on “UConn 84, Maryland-Eastern Shore 50: Kevin Ollie’s Take


    Didn’t see the game…did Olander or Wolf play because they sure as heck don’t show up in the box score!
    Did they show up at all?

  2. UCAlum1972

    I was at the game. Not all contributions show up in the box scores. Enosch gave a big effort on defense with a couple of blocks and some nice passes from the high post. Nice to see Leon on the floor. He showed a willingness to go to the basket and mix it up along with Niels.

    Who didn’t show up again are the people in the seats. I now it got lopsided in the second half, but that’s no excuse to not get excited when our kids are putting out the effort (multiple shot clock violations by MDES). Not one UCONN chant? Hopefully it was just a carryover from the Newtown tragedy and the XL Center will be loud Friday night.

    1. UCONNFB

      Couple of blocks and a few nice passes? Nantambu Willingham and Soulyman Wane gave us more than that! Front line remains invisible. BE Conf opponents will exploit this all season I suspect.

  3. Pete

    8800 at the XL? Seems like a lot of people are complaining from their couches that KO doesn’t have a contract and that the ACC doesn’t want us.

  4. Yonick Bush

    If KO really wants to do something for Newtown, how about donating all the revenue from the December games for a memorial fund?

    Having a practice, having an autography session – how does that do anything?

    1. UCONNFB

      While financial contributions are surely welcome by the folks in Newtown ; how could KO make the decision to donate revenue from game ticket sales to any charitable cause? As Basketball HC he has that power? I think not. UCONN has established a scholarship fund to benefit families in Newtown impacted by this tragedy. Initial contributions are outstanding!

  5. John

    Believe it or not, you don’t have to give money to show you care. The team visiting can help the children get away from their life for a morning, an afternoon. Why don’t you donate your paychecks for the month of December?

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