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Notes/Quotes from USF: “This team is never going to be forgotten”

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This game will probably be forgotten, but Kevin Ollie insisted his Huskies — now 15-5 and 5-3 in the Big East –won’t.

Shabazz Napier (AP)

“This team is never going to be forgotten, not by me, not by our fans,” Ollie said. “I just told them they have a gift. To be doing what they’re doing, despite having no postseason, no conference tournament, a situation they weren’t even involved in, to be doing what they’re doing is just remarkable.”

UConn has won ugly this week, eeking out back-to-back victories over Providence and South Florida. The Huskies couldn’t miss versus Providence, and outside of Shabazz Napier, they couldn’t hit anything against USF.

Some notes, quotes and links from a pretty brutal Sunday:

*My column: UConn has won in different ways, but it always comes back to Napier.

*Aside from Napier, UConn was 10-for-43 from the field. UConn has played five overtime sessions this season (four games, Quinnipiac went to double OT) and Napier has been brilliant in all of them, totaling 34 points on 18-for-20 shooting from the line and 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Per 40 minutes, that’s an average of 55.2 points. Ridiculous.

*Leon Tolksdorf got some unexpected burn in the first half. He scored three points in eight minutes.

“Leon has been working his tail off in practice — he deserved some minutes,” Ollie said. “They played a longer lineup, they didn’t have a breakdown guy at the two, three or four so I thought we could get some minutes for Leon.”

*Shabazz Napier, R.J. Evans, Niels Giffey and Leon Tolksdorf made the honor roll in the fall semester by attaining a 3.0 GPA or higher.

“It means a lot to me, but it also means a lot to my family,” Napier said. “My mom brought me up as a kid, and I wasn’t a good kid, I was kind of a headache. For her to be out here, even though she knew about it, it still feels good. I do this for her and my family.”

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