Quick Ollie, player comments after Cincy win

UConn coach Kevin Ollie on UConn’s 51-45 win over No. 11 Cincinnati Saturday at the XL Center:

“It was a great game by us, not offensively, but defensively. That’s what we hang our hats on, and if we’re going to be a championship team, we’re going to have to grind out games like this.”

On playing Cincinnati:

“We know each other so well from our Big East days. They know our play calls. We know their play calls. They loaded up on us. We loaded up on them. That’s the type of flight it’s going to be. We outlasted them today. We didn’t do that in Cincinnati.”

UConn guard Shabazz Napier, who had his sixth double-double of the season (18 points, 11 rebounds):

“We want to make sure we know how good we can be. When we miss shots, we’ve got to continue to play on both ends of the court. You’re not going to win games unless you play good defense.”

UConn freshman Terrence Samuel, who played 16 minutes off the bench:

“It shows that we can play with the best. We didn’t shoot good today, but we defended. And once we defend, we can beat any team in the country.”

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin on the loss:

“We played terrible. You play terrible, you lose. It’s not rocket science. Take any sport. We were awful. No need sugar coating it – we played terrible.”

Cincy senior Sean Kilpatrick, who managed just four of his 16 points in the second half:

“It’s March. From here on out it’s a war. There’s not going to be any easy games.”

William Paxton