UConn 99, DePaul 78: Wrapping Things Up from Gampel

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STORRS – Some notes, quotes and thoughts from UConn’s win over DePaul.

It looks like DePaul is one of those teams that, whenever I hear how much better they are, I’m going to have to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

They weren’t all that impressive tonight. Not much there on defense. But, of course, UConn, with its guards, is not a team you want to rely on pressure to beat. Ryan Boatright promised “layup city.” And he delivered again and again.

Boatright scored 22, and was the subject of Jeff Jacobs’ column off the game, which will soon be on our main website.

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DePaul coach Oliver Purnell suspended two starters, Charles McKinney and Donnavan Kirk, for breaking team rules. He said it would in all likelihood be just one game.

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UConn is averaging 8.3 steals per game. The Huskies had 10 more in this game and scored 28 fast break points, 20 off turnovers. Here is the main game story for the Wednesday Courant.

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How about UConn’s rebounding? A 17 to 2 start and 49 to 29 finish. Ollie used a new “three box-out drill” that got players in the habit of hitting first, instead of just turning and trying to out jump the other guy. “It just broke down the box out to its finest points,” Tyler Olander said.

Have to save something to write tomorrow, and this will be the topic. UConn had 30 rebounds in the first half, more than their total in six different complete games.

More on the game, the notebook and the box score, will be up soon on our main website.

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Here is Kevin Ollie’s take on the game. He was very good on DeAndre Daniels, who bounced back from that tough night in Milwaukee to score 26 and grab eight rebounds.

And here are some great pics from Rich Messina.

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You’re not supposed to shoot on the last possession of a blowout, but Leon Tolksdorf put in a rare bucket. “In my heart I was saying, ‘go Leon,'” Ollie said.

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3 thoughts on “UConn 99, DePaul 78: Wrapping Things Up from Gampel

  1. UConnPhann

    Kevin Ollie for President (this week) Maybe next week he’ll be the goat.
    But I am thrilled with Ollie’s approach to coaching. Respect the player–especially during the game. Calhoun got results–and got the program in real trouble. It will takes years to over come the damaged done. His legacy!!

    It’s not a great win, but it is an impressive win. How to go MEN. You were stripped naked by the NCAA, Calhoun and the players who departed–but you became MEN because of your situation.

  2. RAY RAY

    not a great win but a good one to win.the game turned into a playground game which wont happen often.wolfe and giffey playing well,not sold on daniels yet,and olanders ten is a mirage.but ko has them playing hard.a win is a win.

    1. JOe JOe

      ‘Calhoun got results–and got the program in real trouble. It will takes years to over come the damaged done. His legacy!!’
      That’s crap and everyone knows it. Without Calhoun there is no program, no National Championships and certainly no Kevin Ollie. Calhoun’s legacy is intact, despite his human shortcomings.

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