OPPOSING VIEW: Indiana has its own talented guard in Yogi Ferrell, but even the sophomore had to tip his cap to Napier after the game.
“He’s a big shot maker for them and we knew that coming into the game, especially being a senior,” Ferrell said, who had 19 points. “He’s going to shoot those tough shots – he’s going to knock them down. He’s more experienced.
“It was a fun experience going against him and I learned a few things.”
One thing the Hoosiers learned was Napier might be too hot for any college team to handle some nights.
“Shabazz Napier is just too good,” IU coach Tim Crean added. “He’s got one of those un-teachable abilities to make big shots at really crucial times.”
Leftover Kevin Ollie quote:
On what his team has to prove
“The don’t have to prove anything else to me any more. This is a great team, not just from the win-loss percentage, but I am talking about togetherness. This is what I put my hat on. Don’t judge me as a coach with wins and losses, judge me on how my players compete. Not only compete, but how they complete each other. Tonight, they completed each other.”
PADDING THE TROPHY CASE: The 2K Sports Classic was the Huskies’ 20th in-season tournament title – not including three national championships. UConn has won 13 Connecticut Mutual Classics, two Maui Invitationals, two Paradise Jams, and the 2K along with the Orange Bowl Classic and the ECAC Holiday Festival. The latter two came in the 1950s.