The Connecticut men’s basketball team is eligible for post season play this year, and second year head coach Kevin Ollie has the group looking like Connecticut teams of old.
Of course the staple of any great Huskies team is a point guard, and UConn may have the best pure guard in america in Shabazz Napier.
The senior from Roxbury, Mass., leads the undefeated Huskies in points, assists, rebounds, steals and minutes per game this season.
With the Gators leading by one with less than 20 seconds to play, Napier received the inbounds pass and calmly dribbled his way up the floor.
Napier’s first shot was ugly looking and clanged off the backboard, but he gathered his own rebound of the tip, and this time buried a 15 footer at the buzzer to give the No. 12 Huskies a 65-64 win.
After hitting the game winner, Napier took off for the locker room, where he and his teammates remained for a few minutes before returning to greet the fans.
“That ain’t for me,” said Napier (via CBS Sports), whose claustrophobia leads him to avoid any potential court-storming situations. “I’d rather run to the locker room, where I know I’m safe.”