DePaul likes to push tempo and force turnovers.
DePaul doesn’t like playing UConn. Not when the Huskies have Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier, at least.
The big story in Tuesday’s 99-78 blowout was DeAndre Daniels, but UConn’s backcourt duo was pretty remarkable, too. The Blue Demons found themselves in a double-digit hole early, and their pressure defense only made the situation worse: Boatright and Napier danced around DePaul for a combined 38 points. The 5-foot-10 Boatright (I refuse to list him at 6-fo0t) threw down a one-handed highlight jam and Napier, who legitimately looked like he was toying with the Blue Demons in the second half, had his share of flashy passes (and an awesome Eurostep).
Napier finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals and zero turnovers.
And Boatright left with a nice endorsement from his head coach.
“He’s one of the fastest guys I’ve ever been around, and I played with Allen Iverson,” said UConn’s Kevin Ollie. “I’m not saying he’s as fast as Allen Iverson, but he explodes. He’s a little guy with power.”
*Freshman forward Leon Tolksdorf pulled a Scottie Haralson and scored on UConn’s final possession.
“I wanted to stop him but deep in my heart I was like, ‘Go Leon,’” Ollie said with a laugh. “He did a good job –- through the legs, pull-up.”
*DePaul starters Charles McKinney and Donnavan Kirk were suspended for a violation of team rules. Not sure it would have mattered in this one.
*UConn held a 20-2 advantage on the backboards at one point. That tells you everything you need to know about Tuesday’s game.