Updated: Friday, 01 Feb 2013, 7:38 PM EST
Published : Friday, 01 Feb 2013, 7:38 PM EST
PROVIDENCE, Conn. (WTNH) -- The UConn men's basketball team will not play in the postseason this year and most pundits didn't think they'd have a very good season but 19 games into this season the Huskies have 14 wins and head coach Kevin Ollie really likes what he sees.
"I always tell them guys to push to the second mile because there's not a lot of traffic on the second mile and you know that's what they did. They pushed, they pushed and we came out victorious," said Ollie.
"When a fight breaks out we gotta be the ones to hit 'em. We gotta figure out how to stay on our feet and that's what we did," said Ryan Boatright.
The us versus the world mentality seems to be working pretty well for the Huskies this season although it didn't look that way for most of the game last night against Providence.
"Guys I don't know what to tell you, I don't think...Coach Blaney's been with me a long time and I dont think he's gonna ever see a stat sheet like this one but I really love the fact that we have more points than Providence," said Ollie.
And that's all that really matters. Despite getting outrebounded by 31 and shooting 12 less free throws, the Huskies manage to get a win. But how?
"Heart. Heart man. We just figured out a way to win man. We stuck together when the intensity picked up," said Boatright.
And when the intensity picked up it was a freshman Omar Calhoun hitting a three pointer in overtime that put UConn ahead for good.
"It felt good, yeah. I knew I was gonna knock that down. It was too much, too big of a shot to miss," said Calhoun.
"For him to step up it was real big time for him and his confidence but he's never lacking for confidence," said Ollie.
So with 11 games left, UConn may not be playing in the postseason but they still have plenty to play for.
"You know, that's the team I came down to Rhode Island with, down to Providence with. That's the team and we gonna go back together to Storrs as a team. That's the team I want to coach right there," said Ollie.