UConn Basketball

with Kevin Duffy

Notes/Quotes from Jan. 7: “It happens when you’re not rebounding. Somebody is going to get their feelings hurt a little bit.”

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After a six-day layoff, UConn looks to avenge a Big East opening loss to Marquette when it hosts an improved DePaul squad Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion.

The bizarre ending to the Marquette game is in the rear-view, and Kevin Ollie is no longer concerned with an officiating error that cost the Huskies two points to start overtime.

Kevin Ollie (AP)

“It’s over with,” Ollie said. ” Satisfied or not, it doesn’t make a difference. I talked to the commissioner. I talked to the head of officials; they all apologize and I accept their apology. We move on. Things happen. Like I said before, the past doesn’t equal the future unless you live in it.”

DeAndre Daniels, who sat for the final 12:26 and most of overtime versus Marquette, must move on as well.

“I thought if I rebounded more, I would have been in the game,” said Daniels, who will likely get the task of guarding DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin. “Whatever Kevin Ollie felt was best for the team at that situation was right.”

Nothing earth-shattering here, but Ollie insisted that playing time in the frontcourt is contingent on the backboards.

“If you’re not rebounding, you’re not playing,” Ollie said. “I don’t want to go into halftime (like) the Marquette game feeling that way again. Hopefully they understand the message. If you’re not getting rebounds, you’re coming out. If you’re not playing hard, you’re coming out…It happens when you’re not rebounding. Somebody is going to get their feelings hurt a little bit.”

Other notes:

*DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright got into a little scuffle the other day, which Ollie said he likes. Boatright, low to the ground at 5-10, can be a pain during box-out drills.

“I’m so little and strong when I get low, they kind of get mad and get to grabbing and stuff,” Boatright said.

It’s all good, though, both players said. Daniels and Boatright are roommates and “the best of friends.” Teammates fight sometimes. It happens.

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