So they shared in the celebration when they learned during their shoot-around that Ollie had been given a five-year contract.
"I'm just happy it happened," Shabazz Napier said. "I just feel he has earned it. When he took over, everyone was looking at him, wondering if he could be a head coach. He's done a spectacular job on the court, and off the court."
The Huskies won 9 of 11 games during the span in which Ollie had a one-season contract. They made it 10 of 12 with a win over Washington on Saturday.
"He already had the contract, so this was like icing on the cake," Napier said. "We wanted to get him a win in his first game as the long-term coach of UConn."
"It definitely feels good," Calhoun said. "Coach Ollie is a great guy. He wishes the best for everybody. He's the one who recruited me here, so it's definitely something that's relieving for everyone."
"We're all so happy and proud," Wolf said. "We knew he deserved a contract, and we gave it our all on the court and off the court to make sure he was going to get it. Now we have to play even harder, because we want to show he's the right guy."
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was an assistant at UCLA when Ollie played his last game at UConn, a 102-96 UCLA victory in 1995. Because Ollie is from Los Angeles, Romar said, he has followed his career and gotten to know him since he got into coaching.
"When he got into coaching, after 13 years in the NBA, he never carried himself like he was above anything," Romar said. "He carried himself like a student; he was trying to learn as much as he could. Kevin is one of those guys — the game benefits by his being in it."
DeAndre Daniels, who had nine points and five rebounds, hit the floor hard late in the game and was led off by athletic trainer James Doran.
"He's going to get some stitches in his chin," Ollie said. "He's going to have a little battle wound. That will make him look tougher. We're going to evaluate him, make sure he doesn't have any concussion symptoms, but hopefully he'll be all right to play against Marquette [on Tuesday]."
Wolf Gets A Throw-Down
Wolf scored only two points, but they were memorable — he dunked off an alley-oop pass from Calhoun to bring the crowd to its feet with 2:39 left.
"I didn't like the celebration too much," Ollie said. "I want us to act like we've been there. But I like the excitement, I liked the energy."
Calhoun said he threw the pass a little too high and was worried that Wolf wouldn't be able to get it.
"It was high," Wolf said, "but I was able to get it. I finally got one. Coach said to relax, act live we've been there, it wasn't over. I said, 'I got you, Coach.'" … The win was UConn's 13th in a row against Pac-12 opponents. The last loss was that NCAA Regional Final to UCLA in 1995. UConn is 4-0 against Washington. … Washington's 53 points was its lowest total of the season. UConn has held opponents under 40 percent shooting in eight of 12 games. … With Jim Calhoun vacationing in Florida, Ollie was not able to reach him Saturday night. "I know he's ecstatic for me," Ollie said. "He'll be the first call I make in the morning." Calhoun had been at every previous game this season.