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Kevin Ollie has been the UConn men's basketball coach for 18 months.

He called it the best job in America when he took it.

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Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn't have to read or watch much tape to know what Shabazz Napier is all about.

The Gators, 30-2 on the season, were one of his victims this season when Napier made a four-point play in the final two minutes, then hit the game winner in the famous 65-64 UConn win over Florida on Dec. 2 .

That game was a lifetime ago, but Donovan knew back then how dangerous Napier is, and he knows that if the Huskies are going to have any chance at upsetting Florida that it's going to start with the senior for Roxbury, Mass.

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NEW YORK -- UConn center Phil Nolan didn't think twice about it.

He got the ball with 10 seconds left and no one in front of him.

What better way to celebrate a Final Four bid than an uncontested dunk?

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UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier continues to bring home the postseason honors. Napier was named first team All-America by the National Association of Basketball coaches on Wednesday.

Napier, who also was named a first team All-American by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, has led the Huskies to a 28-8 record this season, including two victories in the NCAA tourney. UConn faces Iowa State in the Sweet 16 game Friday night at 7:27 p.m.

Shabazz Napier made the NABC All-America team on Wednesday. Phot credit: UConn Communications.

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There's something about the desperation of March that tests character.

The UConn men's basketball team has been through a lot of adversity since it last won an NCAA tournament game. With Shabazz Napier struggling, and St. Joseph's poised for the Round of 64 and the end of the season, UConn Player of the Year candidate turned to other players.

Amida Brimah's three-point play with 39 seconds left helped force overtime, and in the extra frame Napier showed.

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It isn't New York City, it isn't Madison Square Garden, but UConn played a drama filled game in beating top seed Cincinnati 58-56 in the semifinals on Friday night.

In the end, isn't that what we all want?

Here's the AP story on the game.

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In the heat of the moment, sometimes you get truth.

By all accounts, Cincinnati coaches and people weren't happy that Sean Kilpatrick wasn't conference player of the year with UConn's Shabazz Napier getting the award.

Kilpatrick promised on Wednesday when the award was announced and he didn't win that it would be "20 times worse for a lot of people now."

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Shabazz Napier was named AAC Player of the Year. Photo Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Communications.

The hot topic was who was going to win American Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

In the end, the conference coaches chose the player who leads his team in everything.

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Shabazz Napier is going to get a lot of hardware and honors in the next couple of weeks.

The senior is on Sports Illustrated's All-American first team with Doug McDermott, Jabari Parker, Russ Smith and Sean Kilpatrick. This comes on the heels of Napier being on NBC Sports' All-American first team and his honor of first team All-American Conference selection today. He was also player of the year for USBWA in District I for the second straight year.

Napier figures to be a strong candidate for many other All-American teams and if he isn't on the first team, would be an upset of he wasn't on the second teams.

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STORRS, Conn. -- UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier took the final outlet pass and dribbled up the floor.

The clock wound down to zero and the Huskies had secured a 69-63 win over Rutgers on Wednesday.

It was the final game of the season at home for the Huskies (24-6, 12-5 AAC), who head to Louisville this Saturday.

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Shabazz Napier drives to the basket against Cincinnati at the XL Center on Saturday. Photo Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Communications.

There are players that the UConn basketball team is built on.

There are great players on the wall of honor at Gampel Pavilion with Donyell Marshall, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Caron Butler Emekea Okafor and Kemba Walker and others having left their mark.

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sometimes its good defense that causes poor shooting sand low scores.

Other times, it's bad offense.

That's what was on display in the first half of UConn-Cincinnati.

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UConn's Shabazz Napier drives to the basket against Memphis in Saturday in an 86-81 win. (Photo Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Communications

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ryan Boatright got pass from Phil Nolan after an offensive rebound and lined up for 3 late against Memphis on Saturday. ?

The Huskies needed a basket, they trailed by three, and Boatright had an open look.

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The drama was real. The rivalry is real.

Memphis and UConn showed that their is life after the Big East on Saturday as Shabazz Napier's career-high 34 points led the Huskies to an 86-81 win before a sell-out crowd of 16,294 fans at the XL Center in Hartford.

It was a crucial game in the American Athletic Confernence as the Huskies picked up their 20th win of the season and improved to 20-5, 8-4 in the AAC with two wins over Memphis.

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UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier was named to Wooden Award midseason list comprising of the top 30 players in the nation.

Among this list, the Wooden Award winner will be picked.

Napier leads the Huskies in three categories as a 6-foot-1 point guard averaging 17.3 points, 5.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds. He is one of four American Athletic Conference players on the list along with Louisville's Russ Smith , Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick and Memphis senior Joe Jackson.

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Shabazz Napier is a leading contender for National Player of the Year. /Photo from UConn Athletics.

I like Shabazz Napier from UConn.

No. I love Napier.

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DeAndre Daniels early in the second half, and Shabazz Napier late.

That's as good as any of a 1-2 punch for the UConn men's basketball.

Memphis, which has lost only 9 games at the FedEx Forum since the 2009 season, saw a different level of conference opponent in UConn in the inaugural American Athletic Conference matchup between the Tigers and Huskies.

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Release from UConn on surgery for Shabazz Napier.

STORRS, Conn. (Sept. 10, 2012) --- University of Connecticut junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) will be out of action for the next several weeks as he recovers from surgery on his right foot to repair a bothersome stress fracture.

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