Nov. 6, 2011
Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun
I thought we got a couple things accomplished, and I think that's what exhibition games are for. Even though we had some advantages up front, we did something better than we did last time: We took advantage of those by getting the ball inside.
I thought the first half and the beginning of the second half we played well. Then once we got up close to 40, we just played basketball. And that's not what we do really well. What we do well is play really solid defense, move the ball well. We can run, but we just can't "play basketball." And we did that.
Overall, we had some life early. It's a Sunday afternoon, it felt like an exhibition game atmosphere-wise. Hopefully Friday night it won't, as we go back to Gampel and get ourselves excited to start the season.
I thought Shabazz had an even better game than he did the first.
I thought that DeAndre Daniels really looked like a complete basketball player. He handled the ball, threw a couple of really good passes. He's going to make shots because he's a good shooter. And defensively, he was really, really good.
Tyler is the soundest guy right now on all hedge, help and recoveries. He had a couple of shots that he'll make over the course of time because he can really shoot the basketball.
He just didn't have two of the kind of games that he's capable of. I would like to see Andre play better than that.
We need Alex to be better than that. We just do. Alex is a horse of ours. He's been big in big games. And as it gets more physical, we're going to need him.
On Allen and Lamb
We're throwing an awful lot at a walk-on, but I thought today he looked more comfortable. I tell you one thing, he's got a little stomach to him....With more work, he's going to help us, particularly given the situation right now....I told Jeremy "I didn't like the way you played (the first exhibition game) because you didn't score enough points. So let's get you off the ball." So Brendan right now is our backup point guard until things change.
I can't be as aggressive as I usually am. I have to make shots and stay out of foul trouble. Not having (Ryan) Boatright as of right now is kind of tough for me. I have to make sure I get my teammates into the right spots and I have to be out there for my team.
You can win games because of your big men, but most of the time when you win a game it's because of your guards.
On Brendan Allen
Brendan is a great talent. He helps us out.
In the second half we played the score instead of working on things we need to work on. It's a learning experience and hopefully these guys watch film and we can find out what we can do better.
We all thrive on defense because defense wins games, so that's what I try to do best at - play defense. In high school I didn't really focus on defense but since I got here I focus on defense a lot.
I played pretty good defense tonight, shot it well, and teammates found me open to knock down some open shots.
On coming to UConn to play basketball
I always wanted to get a scholarship to get school paid for, because I always focused on academics more than I did athletics. But I really didn't get any looks and got referred here by my coach and it kind of worked out. I'm very fortunate for that.
I was actually a 2-guard in high school and played a little 3. But high school is definitely different than the collegiate level.
I've been working the last two weeks to get better as a player and how to phase into the system. As you can see today, we kind of executed it well today.
On the differences with college basketball
It's a lot more fast-paced. There're a lot more structured offenses. I'm used to just running and gunning.
On his dunk off the Napier feed
I was actually planning on putting it between my legs, but Shabazz was like 'let me get the assist'. So was like alright and passed it to him.
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