By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on March 25, 2014
Based on their seed, the Connecticut Huskies shouldn't be in the Sweet 16. But based on the talent on their team, they are well deserving of being one of the top 16 teams left in college basketball. The Huskies have a deep and talented roster, and in order to advance in the Sweet 16 against Iowa State, these five Connecticut players have to deliver on Friday night.
Kromah is coming off one of his best games of the season, scoring 12 points against Villanova in the Round of 32. If he has another big game, it could help give the Huskies the lift they need to advance.
Iowa State doesn't have a ton of front court size, especially with George Naing out of the lineup, and Connecticut needs to be able to take advantage of that with their 7-foot freshman center. Brimah doesn't necessarily have to score a lot, but he needs to rebound and be a defensive presence inside for the Huskies to get the win.
Boatright's numbers are down from last year, but he can be a game changer for the Huskies. Connecticut may not be able to survive if Boatright has an off night and doesn't shoot well.
Daniels will be critical to Connecticut's Sweet 16 success. He may be the team's best option when it comes to defending Iowa State's Melvin Ejim, and offensively he has the kind of inside-outside versatility that could be invaluable if Connecticut's guards struggle against bigger defenders. Daniels averages 12 points per game, but the Huskies may need him to score close to 20 and be a factor defensively in the Sweet 16.
Connecticut's Sweet 16 hopes begin and end with Napier. He's the team's senior leader, the point guard, and he's as clutch as they get in college basketball. The Huskies should feel good about their chances with Napier leading the way. He's essential to the team's success, and if he doesn't play well, Connecticut won't survive and advance out of the Sweet 16.
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