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    Dec. 7, 2012

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    Connecticut Head Coach Kevin Ollie

    Great victory today. I would definitely take 7 and 2. Once again we started with a great run in the first half like we did against NC State, and then we relaxed. I think we had three turnovers, gave up a couple of threes and they got right back into the game. Once again, this team showed that fight, showed that resiliency to come back.

    To come out 7 and 2, I'm very proud of them, but I'm not satisfied. We've got to continue to work.

    Our margin is so slim, so we can't overlook anybody. Hopefully, we just continue to play like this and find a way to win...and not find a way not to win. And that's what they did today.

    On defensive effort ...
    Our defense was great. Chambers was one of our concerns and Boatright did an awesome job with him. Also, when they run pick and rolls, it takes five guys, not just the big man, not just the guard. We had a great triangle behind him and we blew all the pick and rolls and kind of set them down. It kind of got him out of his comfort zone. The defensive effort was there, and we kind of kept him out of the lane because he's a great penetrator and a great freshman point guard, and to limit him really helped our defense.

    On the crowd ...
    Our sixth man - our crowd - was unbelievable. I definitely want to praise them. I told Coach Blaney after we came out at halftime, when I was on the bench, "I don't know why they can't get excited for this." Just seeing the crowd, I wanted to play. It was just a terrific crowd....They got two shot clock violations for us because they were counting down, so that was good.

    On DeAndre Daniels ...
    DeAndre played an outstanding game. He just controlled the game. We knew we had a mismatch problem. And then he showed the toughness that we want. The back spasm locked up during the first TV timeout and he kept continuing to play. He did a wonderful job....DeAndre is a player, and DeAndre just has to have that confidence to take it to the rim, be aggressive. And that's what we wanted to him to do today.....He decided to play today. And that's what DeAndre can do. He's a load on that sweet spot - not right on the block, but right on that sweet spot where he can take one dribble. He's so long. One time he looked like he was Dr. J - he went under the rim, under the backboard and made a scoop shot. We will need that in Big East play and coming up after the break, because we've got some good teams coming in here.

    On Enosch Wolf ...
    He had couple of dunks, but I need more rebounds. He had zero rebounds. We need him to rebound the basketball more. We got outrebounded again, so it's definitely a concern of ours.

    UConn Players

    Junior Guard Shabazz Napier

    On DeAndre Daniels being a 3rd scoring option ...
    "We try to get it to him most of the time. We know he can score and it's up to him to believe he can score. His confidence is kind of low but after today I believe it should be very high."

    On helping the team without scoring ...
    "My number wasn't called today as much with DeAndre scoring so much. When a guy like that is hot you cannot go away from him."

    On playing point guard ...
    "I love passing the ball and getting rebounds and assists. I don't really care too much about scoring as long as my team wins that's all that I care about. I am happy when I see a guy get a steal - I like to see somebody else happy. That motivates me to keep it going because when I see my teammates happy I know we're doing something well collectively."

    Sophomore Guard Ryan Boatright

    On Enosch Wolf's first start ...
    "He's so tall and so long he can distract your shot and throw it off a little bit. Enosch being out there and being aggressive is always a good thing because he's so big and so tall."

    On getting things going in second half ...
    "I think once a few of us start hitting shots and seeing other guys hitting other shots, it's contagious. Anytime we can get out on the open floor it's good for us."

    Sophomore Forward DeAndre Daniels

    On getting more confidence ...
    "When I kept scoring, I got more confidence in myself. My teammates kept looking for me and finding me and I kept hitting my shots."

    On becoming a 3rd option ...
    "I can help them and take the load off of them because everyone is going to be scouting us and trying to get us out of our game. I just need to step up and help and get the load off of their back."

    On starting off hot ...
    "I was confident in myself. My teammates started the game going to me to try and get me going."

    Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker

    I thought the start was very tough for us. I give them a lot of credit. They got it to, I think, 15 to 2. I think [DeAndre] Daniels had an outstanding offensive game. We were searching for answers to try to defend him. I was very pleased our kids to make a great effort to put us back into the ballgame. In the first half it could have been a lot worse than it was. Being down by one possession at the half I thought gave us an opportunity to see if we could hang with these guys for 40 minutes.

    I think [UConn] played an outstanding game especially in the second half when they were able to kind of spurt away from us.

    Asked if DeAndre Daniels was a created a difficult matchup for his team ...
    It was a tough matchup for us. He seems to be a very versatile player. We've also been seeing and hearing that they wanted to get more from him. He certainly looked like he delivered tonight.

    On what he's found out about his team ...
    We knew our schedule was going to be challenging coming into this year. We recognize the difficulty with the opponents especially being in some of the arenas like here tonight. But I'm finding out that we're a scrappy team. I think we have a team that's going to compete hard. We're also finding out that we can't have poor stretches of games where we aren't efficient.

    On what he said to his team after falling behind 15 to 2 ...
    We weren't trying to do what we had practiced and thought about for a game plan which is to try to look early and try to maybe score late in clock. We just didn't bring that composure at that moment. I was visibly upset with them.