TheRoundUp 2/21: SHABAZZ~!!

Shabazz Napier lifts UConn to OT win over Villanova - BostonHerald.com
Lamb finished with a career-high 32 points, including 10 of UConn’s 13 in the extra session. Napier took care of the final three, capping a rather eventful couple of days for the sophomore point guard.

jeff jacobs uconn basketball: napier three pointer in final second wins game for uconn - Courant.com
This was Jeremy Lamb's game. He scored a career-high 32 points and took a career-high 21 shots. When UConn fell behind, 26-8, through a horrendous first 12 minutes, it was Lamb who decided he would change the course of this night. And this was Roscoe Smith's re-emergence story. After playing no more than 19 minutes in any game since late November, Smith was used at small forward, played 40 minutes and did a taxing defense job on JayVaughn Pinkston. Yet make no mistake about it. This was Napier's moment.

UConn men's basketball: UConn beats Villanova in overtime, 73-70 - Courant.com
It would have been no mistake had Napier passed up the shot and gotten the ball somehow to Jeremy Lamb, who had already scored all 10 of UConn's points in the overtime period. But Napier, the Huskies' lightning rod in good times and bad, dared his detractors and put the ball up. "Of course I thought it was going in," he said. "I don't take shots to miss."

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Shabazz Has Pizzazz
"At the end of the day, we definitely didn’t need that from Shabazz, or from anyone," said Roscoe Smith. "But, I kind of think he knew that he messed up. But, as a team, as a unit, we didn’t have any type of judgment on him. We still accept him with open arms, continue to keep our heads up." Added Jeremy Lamb: "The team looked at it as, ‘Let’s just respond.’ We didn’t try to dwell on it."

TMA: Shabazz's shot of the season - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Where does UConn go from here? We'll see. It's possible, of course, that this was merely a shot, not the shot -- the one that will change this team's season, alter its trajectory, send it rocketing toward NCAA tournament glory. And, yeah, this was still Villanova, a team UConn should probably beat by 20. But whatever. It's what the Huskies needed in the moment, and Napier gave it to them. And, in the process, earned one of the best uses of Raf's "ONIONS!" in the history of the form. No matter where the Huskies go from here, that's an awfully good night.

Notebook: UConn Still Fighting For Its 2013 Tournament Life - Courant.com
The NCAA's Committee of Academic Performance (CAP) met and discussed the possibility of using more recent APR scores than it currently uses to determine its penalties for sub-par academic performance. Under the new standards, UConn would be ineligible for 2013 because, with the basketball program's score of 826 in 2009-2010, it could not bring its two-year average up despite an estimated 978 score for 2010-11. For UConn to be eligible, the committee would have to recommend, and the NCAA board approve, a plan to use the 2010-11 and 2011-12 scores. So far, they have not reached a decision.

UConn Women: Stephanie Dolson continues to struggle- The Register Citizen
"I don’t think Stefanie Dolson has had a good year at all from day one," Auriemma said. "I would think she would be the first one to tell you that. If we can’t count on her to score in the post then it puts so much pressure on our perimeter players and other teams know that."

Loss To St. John's Proved Geno's Point - Courant.com
There is a perception that only four teams are capable of winning the national championship this season – Baylor, Notre Dame, Stanford and UConn. The questioner wanted to know if Auriemma agreed. He didn't. And his answer now rings prophetic in the wake of UConn's loss to unranked St. John'sat Gampel Pavilion Saturday, which dropped the Huskies to No. 4 in the AP poll Monday.

UConn compiling plans to upgrade athletic facilities - Courant.com
Penders has been banging the drum for the simplest of things: toilets that flush, and better seating, but the baseball facility has fallen behind the times in so many areas. It's not only baseball. The soccer and softball facilities need upgrades and enhancements, too, because as UConn President Susan Herbst said, "The rest of the campus looks terrific and is very functional, but the athletic facilities have really lagged behind our competitive reach and success." The school is moving to fix that, establishing stadium enhancement and construction funds for soccer, baseball and softball with the purpose of upgrading or building new facilities. This follows on the heels of doing the same for a new basketball practice facility, long sought by men's coach Jim Calhoun and women's coach Geno Auriemma.

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