UConn Basketball

with Kevin Duffy

Notes/Quotes from Feb. 26: “They’re the most disciplined team we’ll play”

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UConn hosts Georgetown Wednesday in its final marquee matchup of its postseason-less campaign.

Much of Tuesday’s discussion centered on Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown’s do-it-all sophomore forward. Here are some of the highlights:

*Kevin Ollie on Porter: “He’s a great player. A typical wing player who can it on the floor, shoot at a high rate — I think he’s leading the Big East in 3-point field goal percentage with 46 percent — he gets offensive rebounds, goes down on the block…anything else I miss?”

*Shabazz Napier on Porter: “He’s a good player, but I think DeAndre (Daniels) — if (Ollie) plays DeAndre on him — then I think DeAndre will play good defense. DeAndre always comes up big in games where we need him to be big. I think DeAndre is ready for the task. Hopefully he goes out there and plays strong and we help him with help defense.”

*Napier on playing in Gampel: “If I had a chance to pick our home games, they would all be at Gampel. I think the crowd is just so right there on you, it could be devastating for the other team. It helps when we go through stretches where we don’t score, and it also helps when we go through spurts where we do score. I just appreciate everything about Gampel.”

*Niels Giffey on the “playoff” atmosphere: “These last games are like our playoffs right now, and I think that’s the way we’re preparing for it and that’s the atmosphere the coaches want us to have. That’s really what the team is doing right now.”

*Ollie on Georgetown: “They’re the most disciplined team we’ll play…They’re the best team defensively in the league, so if you’re not getting easy buckets on them, it’s going to be very difficult for you to score, so it’s paramount not only for us to get on the break, it’s paramount for us to rebound.”

*Former Huskies Stanley Robinson, Taliek Brown and Tony Robertson were at Gampel Tuesday.

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