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Postgame Quotes: 11/14/13

Nov. 14, 2013

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

Opening Statement:

"It was a great game.  We were anticipating them to come out and try to pound the backboards; I think they were plus-22 on the backboards in two games and we just showed our muscle down there.  We were plus-15 tonight.  It was just a great job by our bigs and by our guards again.  Shabazz getting eight rebounds was big, and Ryan Boatright was terrific."

On the team's defensive effort:

"We just really buckled down on defense.  Our defense was extraordinary.  We were flying around, we were contesting shots.  And when we rebound it just allows us to fast break even more."

On his depth:
"This team is deep.  We've got a lot of versatile basketball players.  And we're sharing the basketball. I think everybody came in and played. It was just a collective effort.  It was a team-made victory, not a self-made victory."

On Giffey's play in 2013-14:

He's giving us another spark.  We've just got to execute in the second half for him and get him some shots.  But in the first halves he's just coming in and giving us that spark.  He's been spacing the floor for us, too.  Shabazz is finding him, Ryan is finding him.  Our point guards are doing a great job of finding the hot hand."

Detroit Head Coach Ray McCallum

Opening Statement:

"It was a tough night for us.  I guess the thing I can say is how great UConn played tonight....What you're seeing with them I see as a balanced team, with the great guard play making guys better, with their length, with their three-point shooting.  Calhoun making those first couple of threes and we knew Giffey was going to come in and shoot the ball.  We had him identified."

On the Connecticut guards:

"We faced one of the best backcourts in the country.  And they came ready to play."

On how his team responds:

We have to stay together, stay positive.  We have a lot of young guy and they have to learn what DivisionI basketball is all about.  It's not the kind of lesson you want to learn, but we've got to learn from it."

Junior Guard Ryan Boatright

On the team's depth with 6 players scoring in double figures:

"We have a lot of depth.  Our bench players come in and produce.  And not only do we have the depth, we're playing a team game.  Everybody's sharing the ball tremendously.  Shabazz and I had 7 and 8 assists a piece and everyone else was sharing the ball.  With the ball getting around like that and everybody getting a chance to score, it makes us a dangerous team."

On the half-court offense:

"People said last year that we lost a lot of games because we couldn't execute in the half-court.  We took that to heart.  We try to execute every single possession.  Sometimes we get out of hand and make one too many passes or dribble one too many dribbles and have a turnover.  But it's part of the game.  I think we've done a tremendous job executing in the half-court."

Senior Forward Niels Giffey

On the 30-9 run that decided the game:

It was scoring, but also rebounding.  We knew they would come in and crash the boards.  That's one of their main strengths...  They're a team that's really based on offensive rebounds.  They have a couple of guys averaging 4-5 offensive rebounds so we had to focus on that and hit the open shots."

On finding the open shooter:

"I think that's the main difference when you compare this year's team to last year or the year before.  We really wait and take the right shots.  Shot selection is one of the main points we look for - taking the good shots.  Of course, we're going to be a fast break team, but as soon as we're in the half-court we have to make sure we take the right shots that are open."

Sophomore Guard Omar Calhoun

On Niels Giffey's play since returning from playing with his national team"

"Niels always works hard.  He's always in the gym trying to improve in every aspect he can and it's definitely paying off for him.  He's hitting shots and we'll keep working with him and feeding him until something changes."

Does it make it easier on offense knowing no one person has to carry the load?

"It makes the game a lot easier.  We have a lot of good players in each position that can do different things.  We don't really have to force anything."