Two days after one of the most bizarre victories in recent program history, UConn coach Kevin Ollie addressed the media via teleconference. The Huskies, who host South Florida Sunday (2 p.m., Gampel Pavilion), are in search of their third straight win.
*Ollie on USF: “They’re a great defensive team. They’re 1-7 in the Big East but I don’t even look at their record. They hold you down. We’re going to have to be patient and be poised. They run a zone, like all the other teams that do it, that’s how they got back in the game against Marquette, and they got Anthony Collins who I think is a tremendous point guard. I’ve never seen anybody dribble as low as he does. He’s able to get in the thick of the defense and find their shooters and make plays so we’re going to have to contain him.”
*Ollie on DeAndre Daniels: “I’m seeing him hit some goals that I want him to hit and start accepting challenges and making new goals after each and every game. I just want consistency from him, and I’m thinking I’m starting to get that. In the second half (against Providence), he came out with some big rebounds, started the fastbreak for us. He got in the 4-hole and he didn’t make shots, but I think he can make those shots.
“That play after Shabazz threw it to him, he had two guys hanging on him, to power it up and get an And 1 and show that emotion, that’s something I want to see from him. He got some big time rebounds and that’s something we needed to get us through that valley that we hit in the second half. I see him improving, I see him getting tougher and I always say toughness is a talent.”
*Ollie added that Ryan Boatright (twisted right ankle vs. Providence) is “OK.” Tyler Olander (flu) is also feeling better, according to the coach.