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Postgame Quotes vs. Louisville

Jan. 19, 2014

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UConn vs. Louisville
UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

Our aggressiveness wasn't there in the beginning of the game. And they figured that out.

We settled a lot, with threes. And I thought Boatright did an excellent job when we got down, starting to go to the rim and not settle. When you go to the rim, somebody has got to step up and help. And then that gives you the opportunity to offensive rebound. And it just shows them that we're going to fight, too.

We've got to play with emotion. When we got down, we started playing a little bit. But we've got to start the game out with that fire and that passion.

On rebounding
It came down to them out-rebounding us by 15. We've been doing a good job the last three games getting those timely rebounds, getting those 50-50 balls and getting those touches. We didn't do that tonight. That was the ballgame. When you play against good teams like this, we're going to have to rebound. And we didn't.

On Louisville's inside scoring
We've got to take care of our paint. That's 40 points in the paint. That's just way, way too many. It's not like they have Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar out there.

On ejection In that situation, I lost my composure. And I told my guys that. In the heat of the moment, you can't lose your composure. And I did that. We're going to move on from it, and we're going to get back to playing good basketball....I just thought it was a foul. We were down by nine, and Niels is a pretty good shooter....It happens.

On Daniels foul trouble in first half
His sitting on the bench hurt the rotation. But at the end of the day, he played the second half, and he's got to play better.

On Harrell
Montrezl did pretty much what he wanted to do down there.

Player Quotes

Senior guard Shabazz Napier

What did you try to do once Coach Ollie was ejected?
I just tried to tell guys to continue to believe. Coach Miller and the coaching staff filled in real well.

We just didn't collectively rebound the ball the way we should have, the way we did the past two games, and Montrezl (Harris) kind of took advantage of that.

What did you need to do better offensively, especially in the first half?
The middle was so open, but DeAndre (Daniels) was in foul trouble so it was tough to get a guy who was willing to take that shot or willing to be real composed in that area. We didn't get the ball in the middle and we were taking threes, and we should have taken it to the rack most of the time. We made an adjustment in the second half. It just wasn't enough.

Did you think you would need a career night tonight to stay close with these guys?
No, I don't think about myself at all. I just thought we had to have good team defense, good rebounding, and I felt like if we took care of the ball we were going to win. We didn't do all that.

I put myself in a bad predicament with fouls and I couldn't be aggressive on defense which kind of stopped me from playing my guy the way I wanted to.

Junior guard Ryan Boatright

On the loss of his cousin
It's been rough. I haven't really had any sleep. He's constantly on my mind, but I'm trying to focus on basketball while I can. When you lose somebody that close it's natural for them to pop-up every once and a while. It's been tough for me but I'm not holding that up as an excuse. I've got a job to do, and I try to go out and do my best.

When was the last time you spoke to him?
He was actually the last person I saw before I came back to school from Christmas break. I think I had a 6 a.m. flight. He came over to the house like 3:30 in the morning, so he was the last person I saw before I came back. That was the last time I had a chance to talk to him.

What did Coach Ollie say about the ejection after the game?
He just apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him. He apologized for not being there when he needed to there on the sideline. We told him we appreciated him for having our back and for really saying the things we couldn't say. He showed our emotions, how frustrated we were.