Shabazz Napier is Big East Player of Week; Huskies Move Up in Polls.

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ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – Shabazz Napier, who has become the king of the late emergence, was named the Big East Player of the Week on Monday.

In the wee hours of Monday morning, Napier leading UConn back from a 10-point deficit, scoring 11 points over the final 3:36 of regulation and helping the Huskies survive Quinnipiac on double overtime, 89-83.

Napier scored 25 in the opener against Michigan State. Against Vermont, he was scoreless in the first half, against Wake Forest he was scoreless the first 30 minutes, but in both games got into the offensive flow down the stretch as UConn won. Napier scored 58 points in three games, 54 of them in the second half or OT. Napier hit 25 of 29 from the free throw line. Click here for UConn’s release on it.

On other news, the Huskies moved up a couple of notches, from 23rd to 21st in the AP Writers Poll, and broke into the top 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll, at No. 23. Click here for complete polls. on ESPN.com.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Shabazz Napier is Big East Player of Week; Huskies Move Up in Polls.

  1. Bob Kuslansky

    This is an amazing team. We follow the team here in
    Florida. Kevin Ollie is doing an ouststanding job
    coaching as well as keeping the team motivated despite
    the loss of five players.

    1. Allen Freshler

      A solid week for the huskies. They are playing with many new players, nine deep which will pay off down the road. Great foul shooting has won several of these recent games but the need for boxing out and offensive rebounding is apparent.
      After several years of poor team chemistry they now know everybody has to work hard to win. This teams players seem to have better hands than some past teams. Mid range shooting needs to improve. With so many top teams have one and done players, the fields and games can be much harder to predict.

  2. Mike McManus

    It was a great game for UCONN to win but in all honesty, Quinnipiac deserved it more. If UCONN plays tonight against NM the way they played last night, they will lose. That was the most pathetic exhibition of rebounding that I can remember. Quinnipiac didn’t even have to bother to box-out when UCONN shot the ball because there was no Husky anywhere near the basket? Terrible…as was the shooting. Didn’t Boatright frequently score 50+ points/game in HS? What has happened to his shooting touch? They need to play tonight the way they played against MSU…..they have yet to repeat that.

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