TAG: Shabazz Napier

College / Apr 16, 2014 / 12:00 pm

NCAA Approves Unlimited Meals For Athletes After Shabazz Napier Quote

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Before the 2014 NCAA Final between the Connecticut Huskies and Kentucky Wildcats, UCONN senior Shabazz Napier, made headlines when he called Northwestern union ruling, “kind of great.” Napier ruffled some Connecticut lawmaker’s feathers when he said that sometimes he goes to bed “starving.” Now the NCAA has approved a plan to give college athletes carte blanche to consume as much free food and snacks as they want. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Apr 10, 2014 / 11:30 am

8 Prospects Who Raised Their NBA Draft Stock In The NCAA Tournament

Cleanthony Early

Cleanthony Early (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

March is over–isn’t that hard to believe? Not many people would have guessed that the University of Connecticut would be the team ripping down the nets when all was said and done. I mean, I had them losing in the second round to St. Joe’s–but they kept coming back and proving why we should never doubt a program as prestigious as UConn in the tournament. Read More »

College / Apr 8, 2014 / 12:33 am

UConn Defeats Kentucky To Win 2014 NCAA Title

University of Connecticut Huskies

University of Connecticut Huskies (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

The University of Connecticut Huskies are your 2014 NCAA Tournament champions after defeating the freshman-heavy Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54, never having trailed for the duration of the 40-minute affair. Senior Shabazz Napier was his usual brilliant self, scoring 22, grabbing six rebounds (tied for the team high) and dishing three dimes while his fellow guard Ryan Boatright scored 14 more as the Huskies cruised for an unthinkable national title after coming into the Tournament as a No. 7 seed. Read More »

College / Apr 5, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Keep Sleeping: UConn Will Beat Florida In Final Four

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)

Following the footsteps of a legend, Kevin Ollie took over the men’s basketball dynasty at the University of Connecticut that former head coach Jim Calhoun built for 26 seasons. Calhoun sent the Huskies to 18 NCAA tournament appearances and captured three national championships. In his final two seasons of coaching, Ollie–a former player at UConn–began serving as an assistant coach, making his presence felt immediately in helping push 2011 lottery pick Kemba Walker to a breakout season. Read More »

College / Mar 31, 2014 / 11:30 am

The 4 Most Important Final Four X-Factors

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The four teams that will duel it out in AT&T Stadium have battled their way through the fields. Each has had to fight through some adversity on its journey but the play of a few specific players will determine the outcome for the remaining teams. Wisconsin will have to be strong on the glass against a big, physical Kentucky team. Kentucky will have to guard the Badgers motion offense and not allow them to slow down the game and score points late in the shot clock. Florida will try to slow down Shabazz Napier‘s Kemba Walker impression, while Connecticut will try to handle Florida’s tough defense. Read More »

College, We Reminisce / Mar 21, 2014 / 4:45 pm

We Reminisce: Kemba Walker’s 2011 NCAA Tournament Run

Kemba Walker

I was watching Connecticut play Memphis last Thursday night on ESPN in the American Athletic Conference Quarterfinals and I heard one of the announcers say there is not one individual in UConn’s history whose team leaned on him more during a season than current senior guard Shabazz Napier. Napier won the league’s player of the year honors and has been tremendous this year, but I cannot agree with the statement. What Kemba Walker accomplished during the 2011 college basketball season was truly remarkable and fun to watch. Kemba was the unquestionable leader for the Huskies and the main reason why they won the NCAA championship in 2011. Walker took young players such as Napier and Jeremy Lamb under his wing during the season and put on one of the best performances throughout the month of March that I have ever seen. Read More »

College / Mar 20, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 25 Most Exciting Players To Watch In The NCAA Tournament

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins (Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)

That time of year we all love so dearly is finally here–it’s March, folks. Once a year we crowd around our television sets and engulf ourselves with endless brackets to get a glimpse of potential upsets and stars of tomorrow. So who are they? Read More »

College / Mar 19, 2014 / 11:45 am

5 Must-Watch 1-On-1 Duels In The NCAA Tournament

Langston Galloway

Langston Galloway (John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

How isn’t March voted the greatest month of the year? With the NCAA tournament getting ready to start, men everywhere are getting ready to celebrate another holiday season with the Madness. NCAA brackets are difficult to fill out, which is why people offer exorbitant amounts of money for anyone that can correctly predict a perfect bracket. Read More »

College / Mar 18, 2014 / 2:30 pm

5 Goliaths That Will Get Upset Early In The NCAA Tournament

C.J. Fair, Baye-Moussa Keita & Jerami Grant

C.J. Fair, Baye-Moussa Keita & Jerami Grant (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

March is finally upon us, and this year’s NCAA tournament promises to be as exciting as ever. As usual, there are powerhouses from top to bottom, teams expected to make deep runs in the tournament and others likely to flail out fast. Just like every season, however, Dime is prepared for the surprising upsets that often happen, making for memorable basketball. Read More »

College / Mar 18, 2014 / 11:30 am

NCAA Tournament: East Region Preview

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)

While the NCAA tournament might officially start tonight, we all know it really starts on Thursday. With only days remaining to make your picks and fill out your brackets, Dime will be helping you out by breaking down each of the four regions. First up is the East Region. Read More »