Monday, February 17, 2014

UConn Beats Memphis 86-81 in OT with a Stellar Performance by Shabazz Napier

#24 UConn 86 (20-5) - #20 Memphis Tigers 81 (19-6)


What a fucking game.

Shabazz was unreal and clutch down the stretch per usual on his way to a career high 34 points, hitting every big shot for the Huskies along the way.

Connecticut moved up to #21 in the rankings with their second win of the season against Memphis.  It took an overtime in this one but UConn was able to pull out the win behind the combined efforts of an amazing performance from Shabazz Napier and a great supporting act from Ryan Boatright (21 points).

This is what I was expecting our scoring to be like at the beginning of the season; Napier being a superstar and Boat performing like a second banana who is able to pick up the scoring when Shabazz needs a rest.

Daniels started of the game hot in the first couple of minutes but then basically disappeared for the rest of the game...as is starting the become his M.O.  He's either dropping 25 or 5. As for our big men...it was basically a revolving door of Memphis guys making layups with absolutely no presence in the paint whatsoever.  I'm not sure if they were saying anything during the broadcast, but I have no idea why Brimah wasn't getting more time out there.  Nolan is like soft serve ice cream out there with the ball and basically a matador on D.  Olander was even getting some run but he looks like he's going to keel over after about 2 minutes and might even be worse on D than Nolan.  Nolan played 28 minutes, Olander played 11, and Brimah only played 6.  That's not the distribution of minutes I want to see out of the frontcourt unless someone's in foul trouble early.

It's not as if Nolan or Olander was adding anything offensively or that Brimah was in foul trouble, so I'm not sure what Ollie's reason was behind keeping him out for the second half.

Anyway, it ended with a win, so I can't complain too much I guess.

And if there are pictures like this of pre-game Giffey, I will find them...guaranteed.


A couple additional notes.

  • Napier was also just listed as one of the 23 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the best point guard in college basketball each year.
  • Boat became the 40th player in UConn history to reach 1,000 career points.
  • Napier was also named the AAC player of the week for the 4th time this year.