Notes/Quotes from Syracuse: “They get to leave with the taste of UConn in their mouth going to the ACC.”

You wouldn’t catch Kevin Ollie saying that.

No, that quote is from Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun, both of whom enormous in UConn’s 66-58 upset of No. 6 Syracuse, the final meeting between the schools as Big East members.

Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim (AP)

Let’s get right into links, notes and quotes from the XL Center:

*My column: Perception is that UConn and Syracuse are headed in opposite directions. That wasn’t the reality Wednesday night

*This was 60 percent awkward, 40 percent hysterical. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim called ESPN’s Andy Katz an “idiot” after Katz inquired about the UConn/Syracuse rivalry.

*Our Chris Elsberry wrote that UConn shows it can win with heart.

*Enosch Wolf’s case continued to March 20

*To read the Orange angle, head over to

*There were two facets that made all the difference Wednesday: UConn’s 3-point shooting and its defense (rebounding was pretty good, as well). The Huskies were a remarkable 8-for-14 from deep. They hit four 3s in a span of 4:13 to open up 55-46 lead. And you have to hand it to the UConn big men, too. DeAndre Daniels pulled down eight rebounds — when he’s active, UConn usually wins — and reserve Phil Nolan looked aggressive, corralling five boards against a physically-imposing ‘Cuse frontcourt.

*Michael Carter-Williams, the leading assist man in the nation (8.5 per game), was held to just one helper, a season-low. His backcourt mate, Brandon Triche, was a horrendous 3-for-15 from the floor. Together, they were 0-for-10 on 3-pointers.

“Our guards, it starts and stops with them,” Ollie said. “And they played tremendous defense. You see a guy like Michael Carter-Williams, a great player, get one assist. And we hold a team with so much talent to 35 percent, it really shows the hard work and dedication they put in.”

*UConn is now 7-4 in the league, one game behind Syracuse for first place.

“We’re just one of the purest teams playing right now,” Ollie said.

*Wednesday’s win was Ollie’s first over a top 10 team. He joked afterward that Michigan State, now ranked No. 8 in both polls, counts anyway.

“Michigan State, they’re like No. 3, so I’m counting them,” he said with a laugh. “This is a big-time win, but we can’t have a letdown. We can’t lay on our success.”

*It was evident that Syracuse was not letting Shabazz Napier beat it as a scorer, so the junior point guard became a distributor. He netted 10 points on just six field goal attempts and handed out a game-high seven assists.