Kevin Ollie feeling the heat for first time in UConn career

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(WTNH)–For the first time since he returned to Storrs in a suit, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie is feeling the heat from Huskies fans.

After Connecticut put forth an embarassing effort in its 60-51 loss to Tulsa on Thursday night, fans were lighting up Twitter, message boards and other electronic, opinion-sharing platforms with criticisms of the head coach.

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For his part, Ollie did take some of the blame on Thursday.

“I need to do a better job of coaching this group,” he said in the press conference afterwards.

Fans had also criticized Ollie for not shouldering more of the blame, instead putting much of it on his players. He did bring up Daniel Hamilton’s recent struggles (2-for-13 against Temple, 2-for-11 against Memphis, 2-for-12 against Tulsa), and also chastised Rodney Purvis for taking a three in transition at the wrong time.

KO also said that his Huskies weren’t aggressive enough, which seems to be a self-facing criticism. This team, which appears to have as much talent as anyone in the nation, has yet to figure out how to play together.

“I just call it settling, not being tough. Not getting to the basket. Not being aggressive,” Ollie said. “You know, and then we have 14 fouls, they have nine, because they’re aggressive.”

Not everyone thinks the Huskies’ struggles are all KO-related, though:

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