The day after: Napier leads the way

Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier gestures after a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Connecticut won 81-69. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier gestures after a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Connecticut won 81-69. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

John F. Silver

It had everything that UConn could have wanted in a 82-69 win over DePau  Saturday night.

Shabazz Napier scored 28 points. Ryan Boatright had 17 points and Omar Calhoun, despite playing with a bandaged wrist, added 17 points.

The Huskies shot 70.8 percent in the second half and 60 percent for the game.

And, on top of it, Coach Kevin Ollie got his first technical foul as a head coach.

Ollie ran out to halfcourt, well outside the coaching box, and left little leeway for not getting a technical. It was a first for the mild-mannered Ollie.

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie, right, talks with Ryan Boatright during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie, right, talks with Ryan Boatright during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Here’s Ollie’s explanation of the technical foul as told to reporters yesterday via the Hartford Courant.

“[The ref] had to do it,” Ollie said. “I lost my mind there. I didn’t know where I was, I was almost at mid-court. I don’t know why my assistants didn’t grab me, so I blame them.”

The reaction of the players?

“I told everybody, ‘Give it up for Coach Ollie,’” Napier said after. “He’s on his way to being Coach Calhoun now.”

The game was a homecoming for Boatright, the Aurora, Ill. native, who was apparently mobbed after the game. Boatright put on a show with 17 points, a thunderous dunk and also a pretty no look behind the back pass to Omar Calhoun.

Here’s Boatright after on a video on New Haven Register writer David Borges’ blog:

The Huskies also received a solid effort from Niels Giffey, who had 10 points and plays way out of position at times at center.

The Huskies are 19-7, 9-5 in the Big East with four games left and face Georgetown, which will move into the Top 10 this week on Wednesday. The Huskies are still within distance for a share of the Big East title.  The Huskies are in a tie for fifth place with Notre Dame and are two games behind Georgetown, which leads the league at 11-3. Obviously, if the Huskies win out out their final four and Georgetown loses one more game, UConn will have a share of the conference title.

It’s a long shot and a tough road, with road games at Cincinnati and South Florida still on the schedule but it is right there for the Huskies.

How about that?

Sunday links

A Boat Show for UConn, and a First Technical for Kevin Ollie(NH Register)

UConn Men’s Notebook: Huskies Hit Chicago With Leftover Bumps And Bruises (Hartford Courant)

On The Road Against DePaul, UConn Men Win, 81-69 (Hartford Courant)

Kevin Duffy: Boatright a rock-star hero in Aurora, Ill. (CT Post)

UCONN MEN’S BASKETBALL: Huskies cast away Blue Demons (NH Register)