March 1, 2014
UConn vs. Cincinnati
UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie
It was a great game by us, not offensively but defensively. That's what we hang out hats on. And if we're going to be a championship team we're going to have to grind out games like this.
I told the guys before the game that there was going to be some droughts scoring, but you can't have any droughts on the defensive end. We told them it was going to be 90 percent punches and 10 percent plays. Thank God we threw the last punch and we got out with a victory. All in all, it was a great statement victory for us.
We've got to make more shots. We've got to rebound better, but at the end of the day we got a win.
What did you do defensively on Kilpatrick?
We put 10 eyes on him. Lasan (Kromah) did a great job on him, and Terrence (Samuel) came in and did a great job on him. Every screen and roll we wanted to blitz it. Every pin down we wanted to blitz it. We wanted to get the ball out of his hands and make somebody else score.
On playing Cincinnati
We know each other so well from our Big East days. They know our play calls, we know their play calls. They loaded up on us, we loaded up on them. That's the type of fight it's going to be. We outlasted them today. We didn't do that in Cincinnati.
I see him gaining a lot of confidence. He's playing in the thick of the games. And he's playing the right way.
Senior guard Shabazz Napier
On the UConn offense
We're just kind of in a drought. And if we're in a draught, we can't allow that to hurt us defensively. We're going to have games where we're not going to score a lot of points. We've got to make it up somehow, some way but as long as we play good defense, our shots are going to fall eventually.
Junior guard Ryan Boatright
On how tough UConn was on the defensive side today
You have to get stops even if you're missing shots. As long as you can stop them from scoring, your points are going to come. If you can play defense, you can get out in transition and get layups.
We had to load up. We knew Sean (Kilpatrick) was going to come in and everybody knows he's a great scorer. He puts up a lot of shots. Our thing was to load up and make somebody else beat us. We weren't going to let him come out and go for 30 or 26. Somebody else was going to have to beat us because we were going to load the paint.
We feel like if we're missing shots, if we can stop them, we can't lose.
On Terrence Samuel
I'm extremely proud of Terrence. He's been working hard all year. He's getting his opportunity now and he's making the best of it. These last two games he's been tremendous and a big part of our wins.
Guard Lasan Kromah
There are going to be a lot of games that are going to come down to defense during this last stretch of the season. We're going to need to grind it out.
We were trying to limit his touches on the ball and make it uncomfortable for him.
Freshman guard Terrence Samuel
It shows that we can play with the best. We didn't shoot well today, but we defended. And once we defend, we can beat any team in the country.
Last year I was home watching games like this on TV. It feels great to be a part of it, especially to get the win and play quality minutes.
What have you shown Coach Ollie that has gotten you increased minutes lately?
I've shown him I can be a game changer on the defensive end. I'm going to come in and guard the best guy, rebound and push the ball. That's what he wants me to do and that's what I'm going to do.
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