UConn plays streak ender again

NOT GOING TO say I told you so, because I didn’t. But I did have a small feeling UConn might beat Notre Dame today.

Here’s the game story from the JI.

— FIRST THOUGHTS: Whoever that was in Tyler Olander’s body should come back Monday night against Louisville. He was really good (8-9, 16 points, 7 rebounds) and he may have outplayed ND’s Jack Cooley.

— UCONN LOVES to win at ND. It seems that way, anyway.

A few years after stopping a 45-game win streak in South Bend (2009) and just under a year after stopping a 29-game Irish home win streak, UConn broke a 17-game win streak for ND at Purcell Pavilion.

The Huskies are sort of the only team that wins here. Notre Dame has lost just twice here in their last 48 games, both UConn victories.

Notre Dame is 111-8 in their last 119 home games. UConn can take credit for three of those L’s.

— HE DIDN’T SHOOT the ball very well but no one enjoyed the Huskies’ first road win more than Ryan Boatright. Perhaps that’s because he was finally able to play (and win) at “home.”

SHABAZZ NAPIER reminds me a little of former Husky Rashad Anderson, and not because he’s nearly as gregarious with the media as Rashad was.

No, it’s because Napier never seems to get rattled by a missed shot or bad possession. He has supreme confidence that the next play will work out fine.

Now, I know that can be said about a lot of shooters. And they all say they don’t care about missed shots but this is different.

Kevin Ollie explained it this way:

“He’s one of those guys that takes the challenge,” Ollie said. “He loves the big plays, he loves the big shots. He’s not scared of fear. He’s willing to go out and grab success. He’s not scared of the moment.”

Neill

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About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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