Napier averaged 17.1 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 4.6 assists per game last season. He was even better in the first game of the 2013-14 season. Napier scored 18 points, grabbed seven boards and dished out seven assists. Not a bad way to start off the season.
In a night where the incoming freshmen were the center of attention, senior Shabazz Napier led the Huskies over a very good Maryland team.
Connecticut is allowed to make the NCAA tournament this year and it is well on its way to doing so. This may only be one game, but losing against the Terrapins would have been crucial. Maryland did not make the dance last year, but it certainly has the talent to do so this season.
This victory should go a long ways for the Huskies as a result.
Louisville is the favorite to win the American, but Connecticut cannot be counted out. The team should also not be counted out for a national title. The Huskies will prove to have one of the best backcourts in the nation and a big reason for that will be a result of Napier’s play.
This may not be the most buzzed about Connecticut team in recent years, but it is definitely a good one and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if it finds itself in the top 10 at some point in the season.