Conference: American Athletic Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region/Seed: East, No. 7
Early in the season Connecticut was ranked in the top 10 and Shabazz Napier was considered one of the best players in college hoops. Napier is still one of the best players, but that other thing changed.
Regardless, the Huskies challenged themselves in their non-conference schedule and the American provided a good amount of tests as well. Kevin Ollie‘s team was not allowed to make the tourney last year, so it will be interesting to see if that will be used as extra motivation.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Shabazz Napier (17.4 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Shabazz Napier (5.9 rpg)
Leading Passer: Shabazz Napier (4.9 apg)
Bad Losses: Houston
Good Wins: Florida, Harvard, Memphis (x3), Cincinnati (twice)
Florida was not at full strength when Connecticut knocked it off, but a victory is a victory. Plus, Napier was awesome in that contest and he ended up making the game-winning shot as time expired.
Memphis gets a lot of credit for having one of the best backcourts in college basketball, but the Huskies have to be considered in that same conversation. Ryan Boatright is also averaging double figures in points and is very underrated.
Although the backcourt will have to play at its best if Connecticut is going to make a run, the play of DeAndre Daniels will be very important. Daniels could be a nightmare for opposing teams. He is 6-foot-9 and shoots 43.5 percent from behind the arc. It’s not like he has a good average from a lack of attempted three-pointers either. Daniels has made 40 threes on the year.
The Connecticut Huskies are dancing!
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