Connecticut's Shabazz Napier drives past Cincinnati's Titus Rubles, right, and Cheikh Mbodj late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Napier scored a game-high 27 points in his team's 73-66 overtime victory. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
On paper, the Huskies are a mediocre-at-best group short on talent and experience. In reality, they're one of the surprises of the Big East and a NCAA Tournament team if not for the well-documented APR sanctions. Over the weekend and without their best player, Shabazz Napier, UConn fell to Cincinnati, 61-56.
Napier injured his right foot against Georgetown in last week's double-overtime loss and he was in a boot prior to tip-off in Cincy. According to TheDay.com's Gavin Keefe, Napier is still experiencing discomfort and will continue to wear a walking boot.
There's more bad news: junior Niels Giffey fractured his right index finger against the Bearcats and it's likely that, with two games remaining, his 2012-13 season is over.
RJ Evans replaced Napier in the lineup and he finished the game with 2 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 turnovers in 33 minutes of action.
With just two games left in the season, the Huskies have two goals: get to 20 wins (they're currently 19-9) and avoid a three-game losing streak, which would be their first of the season.
Next up: UConn travels to USF on Wednesday, then they wrap things up Saturday in Gampel against Providence.