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Post Game Quotes - Loyola (Md.) vs. UConn

Nov. 26, 2013

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

Opening statement:

“I told the guys I’m very proud of them, being 7-0…It’s been a hectic schedule.  I’m proud of their effort.  I’m just disappointed in the inconsistencies, especially with the rebounding….But guys are playing hard.  We held then to 35 percent shooting again.  We shoot over 50 percent.  So, there are some positives, but also some negatives that we’ve got to continue to work on.” 

On Loyola’s team performance:

“That’s a well-coached team.  They’ve got a guy that can score 30 points on any given night.  And even when he has a bad night he has 23.  They’re going to win a lot of games in their league….So, I’ll take this win any day.”

On letting the Greyhounds back in the game:

“This effort, right here, we’ve got to get better….When you get a 15 point lead, I want the lead to go to 25.  So I’m not jumping for joy, but I am jumping for joy that we’re 7 and 0.”

On Kromah:

“He’s just phenomenal….He’s just all over the place.  One thing I see is just his defensive effort….He’s always getting his hands on the balls and deflecting balls and getting lay ups.  We want him to just keep playing that way….He just gives us so much versatility.  And that’s what we want our guys to be and have versatility.  And that’s what I keep recruiting for. “ 

Junior Forward DeAndre Daniels

On his team’s effort:

“I feel like we came out a little bit sluggish.  We came out a little bit slow in the first half.   In the second half we picked it up a little bit.” 

On the team’s rebounding:

“That’s something we have to get better at.  When we play big teams, when people say they’re going to out-rebound us, we play harder and rebound more.  When we tend to play little schools, they out-rebound us so that’s the thing we have to work on.”

On Niels Giffey and Lasan Kromah

“Niels got us going in the first half.  He brought the energy, knocked down some shots, got some dunks.  And Lasan brought it too playing defense.  He’s playing great defense and got some easy buckets for himself.”

Junior Guard Ryan Boatright

On the team’s rebounding struggle

“I think we are a little too inconsistent in some aspects of the game like rebounding.  When we go into a big game and rebounding is key, we come out and emphasize rebounding.  When we come out against a team like this, when we shouldn’t have any problems, we kind of fall back.  I think that will be a problem that will catch up with us.”

On DeAndre Daniels’ second half performance after a quiet first half:

“He was just more aggressive.  Coach kind of got on him pretty hard in the locker room at halftime.  He responded well and I was proud of him.”

Loyola Head Coach G.G. Smith

Opening statement:

“I thought our guys played really hard tonight going against a really good UConn basketball team.  They’re one of the leading field goal percentage shooting teams in the country for a reason. Overall, I thought our guys gave a great effort.  We never gave up.  We got a couple of steals and cut it to three, but then we gave up an offensive rebound.”

On playing on the road against UConn:

“In a place like this, a five-point game turns into a 10-point game pretty quick….We just weren’t able to convert on our opportunities.” 

On this UConn team:

“They’re good.  They’re deep.  They’re just long and athletic.  We had a problem during the second half matching up with that.  And that really hurt us.”