I’m camped out in the Marriott Lobby today to preview UConn versus Quinnipiac (Sunday, 9 pm). Plenty of intriguing storylines here: Kevin Ollie coaches against Tom Moore, a former UConn assistant, and Scott Burrell, his former college teammate. And, oh yeah, a berth in the Paradise Jam championship is on the line.
Some tidbits from today:
*Tyler Olander, who played nine minutes in Friday’s win, on Enosch Wolf’s performance: “We didn’t really know what we were gonna get from Enosch in a situation like that but he came in and produced. He dominated.”
*Ryan Boatright on UConn’s 3-0 start: “We always thought we could be a great team. We feel like we’ve opened our eyes to a lot of other people.”
*Kevin Ollie on UConn’s rebounding struggles: “It always concerns me…we’ve got to end possessions with a rebound, and that allows us to push the ball. We’ve got two great guards, we’ve got wings that can run, we’ve got DeAndre at the four or the three who can run and beat any player down the court.”
*Kevin Ollie on matchup with Tom Moore, Scott Burrell: “I just want to coach the game. I’m not worrying about who’s on the other side. I’m worrying about my team…that’s the only way I can do it, there are distractions all over the place. Contracts, this, that. I can’t control it. I can’t control what Quinnipiac is doing in their practice. I can’t control Scott. I can’t control coach Moore.”
Scott Burrell on Ollie’s job: “He’s composed. He’s winning. They’re down some chips and they’re still winning, so you have to tip your hat to that. Theyr’e down two scholarships and his guys are competing hard every night.”