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UConn Vs. Cincinnati Postgame Quotes 3/11/16

March 11, 2016

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Kevin Ollie

"That's was an unbelievable game. First, I want to really thank God for giving us this opportunity to play. It was just Him and giving us the fight and the Will to keep fighting. And after every timeout, it was just -- in the huddle we were telling our guys to keep fighting and keep throwing punches and that's what they did. A lot of people questioned our heart throughout the season, and you can't question it no more."

"They played hard. They kept believing no matter what was happening, and every overtime in the game -- there's a lot of people that's written us off, but we still are breathing, we're still ticking, and we're going to come back and fight tomorrow. We're not tired. We're going to come play Temple, and we're going to give them a fight just like we did Cincinnati.

Q. Obviously, first half was a little bit sluggish at first. I saw you really trying to Will the team, Will the bench, and then must have had some magical speech at halftime. Came out and looked like a whole energized bunch.

"We just stuck together. There's no magical speeches at this time. Players make plays. And they started making plays. We had a good game plan coming in, and our defense stayed packed. They made a couple shots, Cobb got off early, but we just stayed together, and we kept huddling, and we kept playing together, we kept encouraging each other and that's what it's all about. It's a team victory. And then players stepped up and made plays. Jalen made plays; Daniel made plays. That's what it's all about. I just love these guys. We just willed it. That's what it comes down to when it's one and go home. We lose and we go home."

Q. Can you accurately assess how much Jalen grew up today, especially in the latter stages of the final two overtimes?

"Yeah, he just grew up. He just started playing basketball. He had a bad turnover, and he could have easily went back to the XL Center when he had the other turnover, but he stayed with it. And we believe in him, coaching staff believes in him. And he just willed it. He got to the rack, he got to the basket, made big time shots. That shot -- I don't know. I think it was past half court. I don't think he was over half court. That's legendary stuff to make that shot at that time and just keep performing."

"We had to calm ourselves down and play another overtime. That's exactly what they did. But that shot is going to be talked about a long time. And the other thing I want to just talk about is American Conference. Everybody's talking about our conference. That's two NCAA Tournament teams right there, battling, battling. Our conference is a great conference. Everybody should recognize that. Hopefully, they see that. How we battled and how we fought and it's not just this game, it's throughout the whole season."

Q. Do you think you guys did enough to get into the NCAA Tournament today?

"I don't know. I'm going to go home. I'm going to go prep for Temple, and that's the only thing I'm worrying about. I'm not worrying about the NCAA Tournament. These guys took care of business. Now we go and play Temple, we get to the championship, and then we're in. But I'm not worrying about the NCAA Tournament. We need to take care of tonight, get back and get scout, get these guys off their feet. They played a hell of a game. Hopefully somebody's watching in the committee. Hopefully somebody's watching."

Jalen Adams

Q. Jalen, can you just walk us through that shot sequence. Obviously they had just hit the bucket, less than a second left and then you did what you did. Just walk us through your mindset before and after.

"I saw them make a three, I was upset about it, but the least I could do was to get a shot up. Daniel passed me the ball, and nobody was in front of me, so I shot the ball as quick as I could and I watched it go in. And that was just amazing."

Daniel Hamilton

Q. You had career high for you tonight scoring. What was it like when you got going like that when you were in the zone?

"When I just got in the zone, I just want to come out and make plays. Like Coach said, I was struggling throughout the whole season, and I just made plays out there at the stretch of the game. Because I know how that feeling was last year of not making the tournament and stuff like that. So, it was real sad. So I just wanted to come out and make plays and win the game, basically."

 

 

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