Feb. 23, 2014
February 23, 2014
UConn vs. SMU
UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie
Tough game for us. Coach Brown had those guys ready to play. They loaded up the first and second side. I told the guys the whole time we were preparing "we've got to get to the third and fourth side." We just didn't have enough discipline to do that and we didn't stay solid enough to do it.
We out rebounded them, but you can't shoot 29 percent. It was a lot of missed shots. You just can't win like that.
We've just got to play more solidly on the offensive and defensive end. That's about all you can do from this type of game. We've got to be a tougher-minded team. We just weren't that today.
They've got a good group of guys over there, and they play hard and they play together. They were tough defensively, but you just have to move the basketball. We made them even tougher by staying on the first side. But they are tough defensively. They're long and aggressive. Nic Moore is a tough-headed point guard. And they go 10 deep. Everybody who comes off is long and athletic. They play hard and they know his system. And they trust each other.
To beat a team like SMU, you can't play in spurts, which I thought we did today. We came out lackadaisical in the first half. In the second half, they kind of went on a run and put us back on our heels. That's when you have to have even more trust in one another.
We have to play better. We put ourselves in a good position and we have to keep going. Hopefully we'll learn from it. We won't shoot like this ever again, hopefully and if we face them in the tournament we'll be better prepared.
Junior guard Ryan Boatright
They are a terrific defensive team. You can't beat them off the first option. You have to get to your second and third option and that's what coach Ollie kept preaching to us. We executed sometimes, but we just had a bad game all-around especially on the offensive end. I think we played pretty good defense and we outrebounded them, but we just didn't execute on offense.
On getting off to a slow start
The crowd is supposed to stand up until we make our first basket. I felt like they were standing up forever.
How big a setback is this?
It's a setback because we lost. I don't think we played a bad game as far as things we really need to work on. I think we did everything well. We just didn't make shots. We even executed our plays. We just missed the shot at the end.
We were off as a team. We were missing shots but even after all of that we were only down two points at halftime. We can't make other excuses. We just have to make shots.
Senior forward Niels Giffey
Coach already told us before the game that we need to play the full clock - the full 35 seconds - to get the right shot off and keep the ball moving from side to side. I think we should have done that a little more - kept the ball moving and attacking the paint. The game was kind of stationary. We were kind of stuck in one spot and they are well coached.
I think we gave them a couple of easy buckets in the second half and second chance points on the free throws. Those are the kind of things that are frustrating when you look back at it.
This is the point in the season where they know what's going to come. They scout us and they will take our first or second option away so we have to continue working to get the right shots at the right time. Obviously, you have to move the defense before doing that. It can't be the first pick and roll it has to be more than that.
It's frustrating if you give up offensive rebounds on those free throws and then turn the ball over.
What did SMU's defense do to shutdown Shabazz Napier?
Whenever Shabazz was playing the pick and roll, they really clogged-up the paint and double-teamed him.