UConn 93, Southern Conn. 65: Kevin Ollie’s Take, Wrapping Things Up From Gampel

by Categorized: Amida Brimah, DeAndre Daniels, Jim Calhoun, Kevin Ollie, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

STORRS – UConn 93, Southern Connecticut 65.

No surprises, no drama, not much anger after the game. All good.

… Just a pretty solid, businesslike performance from the Huskies in the first exhibition game. They did not just go through the motions, they played hard, and efficiently and the effect of freshmen bringing enthusiasm and a competition for minutes showed.

Kevin Ollie’s take (an abbreviated version for exhibition games):

“First game, we  had some bright spots. We have a lot of things we’ve got to work on. The first thing is transition, and then our rebounding. It’s been an emphasis of ours. I’m disappointed with that, but it gives me the opportunity to come back Friday and work on it extensively and try to get those guys rebounding and go get the basketball. Transition hurt us in the game, giving up 27 fast break points is not good.”

“… That’s a pretty good team over there. Mike is doing an excellent job and I see them winning a t least 20 games in their [Division]. Kudos to them, they played very hard.”

“I like how we ran the ball. I like the spacing. We want to have tempo this year. We want to keep t he lanes open so our guatds can benefit from the new rules with hand checking.”

“All in all I was pleased. I wasn’t pleased with the rebounding effort. These guys are going to understand t hat on Friday when we come back to practice.”

“[Brimah] is going to be a great player for us. He plays with passion, with energy, he plays with effort and he’s very, very long. When he spreads out and goes up [vertically], and keeps his arms up it’s hard to shoot over him. And if they do shoot over him, he alters a lot of shots. He showed a nice jump hook down low, he’s not as raw as people thing.”

On Daniels: “I like the dunk, I like him getting out on the fast break. I like his intensity. He walk talking I like the focus.”

[Boatright] played well, to have five assists and one turnover, every move with a purpose. … If he had closed his eyes, I  think he would  have known where all his guards were, all h is forwards were. That’s a great sign for  point guard.”

[Kromah] is going to give us some versatility. I can play him at the two, at the three. If someone is not having a good performance I can plug him in.”

Here’s the full story on our main website, and for the Thursday Courant.




Got to save something to write tomorrow. It’s going to be Daniels and his new, outgoing personality. His roommate, Boatright, says it comes from him. “You ask coach and he’ll say he’s been with ‘Boat too much.”

 Fun story, as we’re kind of watching a great player come into his own before our eyes.


The rebound number, 47 to 43, provides a teaching point for the coaches, but, really, it shouldn’t be considered a huge deal. UConn’s 53 percent shooting, and the 10 blocked shots limited the rebounding chances.

Here are some pics from the game from our John Woike.

Brimah? Wow, he is going to help. Five blocks in 17 minutes, and he’s a fan favorite.

UConn has won 47 of its last 52 exhibition games. (Really? They’ve lost five?) The last loss was Nov. 21, 1993 to Marathon Oil.

Quiet night for Shabazz Napier, only took three shots.

Hearing that Ollie is heading to Milwaukee, evidently to scout 2015 big man Diamond Stone at Dominican High.

Heard Jim Calhoun is going to do the color commentary for the radio broadcast at the Maryland game on Nov. 8 in Brooklyn. The coach will work with Joe D., while Wayne Norman does the football game that night. Calhoun worked the radio broadcast in Germany last year.

Kind of cool seeing the Southern kids excited and get a lot out of this game, good for the program and the campus. I’d like to see this happen every year for a while. UConn needs Division II opponents for exhibition games, why not SCSU? State kids, playing with pride and emotion, etc. A win-win.

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