Dec. 5, 2012
Jimmy V Classic
Madison Square Garden
December 4, 2012
NC State vs. UConn
UConn Coach Kevin Ollie
On the game:
"Everyone sees our game and they made a vocal point about our offense. Our pick and roll offense, we need for those guys to attack for us to win. We need to face the challenge, we need Omar (Calhoun) to step up and he will step up. We are going to go with what we have and our guards are definitely the leads for that. We are going to get through this tough time, I like the way the guys battled. They gave it out for me and for our great University; I cannot say enough about these guys in the locker room. Yes, we have some faults like every other team."
On Deandre Daniels and Tyler Olander performance:
"He is a very important part, ( DeAndre Daniels) it seems like he likes the big stage. Whenever we are in a big game, he shows up big time. He has confidence and he gets to his spots and he knows his limitations, which a great strength of his; some other players doesn't know their limitations. He did a wonderful job and he boxed out and he was aggressive, and we need that. I told Tyler his time is going to come. We use the words stay alive. I told Tyler in trying times, you can't stop trying; he is going to do it. I have faith in the guys in the UConn jersey, they are going to keep playing hard and we are going to go out and get ready for Harvard."
On the second half performance:
"I feel like I was not as aggressive in the second half as in the first half. We did not run our plays with the same intensity. I tell the guys everyone is going to be up for the first half, the second half is when you fight yourself to get up; you are already tired and you do not want to run offense as well as you did. I felt as though I was trying to get a lot of people going. They got a lot of offensive rebounds in the second half. We had a lot of loose balls. The intensity was not there. For us to not come out the same way as we did in the second half shows we were not ready. We have to work on it and push forward and work on it for Harvard. "