Shabazz Napier: The 12 Games of Clutchness


By now, you’ve probably seen the above video. At some point today, you’ve probably heard someone proclaim Shabazz Napier as the greatest late-game performer in UConn’s history.

Here are the 12 games that serve as proof:

(also, great job by Daily Campus reporter Tim Fontenault capturing the video of Napier’s buzzer-beater from press row).


*The Florida buzzer-beater  (and the four-point play preceding it) tops them all, even Napier’s one-man comeback versus Indiana on Dec. 22. On that night, the 6-foot-1 guard accounted for UConn’s final 10 points, including the game-winning layup with 1:31 remaining.


Shabazz Napier (AP)

Shabazz Napier (AP)

*UConn 66, Michigan State 62 — In arguably the biggest win under Kevin Ollie, Napier accounted for nine of UConn’s final 12, putting the Huskies ahead for good on a 3-pointer with 5:14 left. He went 4-for-4 from the line in the last 12 seconds.

*UConn 77, Wake Forest 71 — Napier scored 10 points in a 2:08 span to break open a close game at the Paradise Jam.

*UConn 89, Quinnipiac 83 (2OT) — The next night, Napier scored 11 in the final 3:24 of regulation. His coast-to-coast layup with 4.2 seconds left forced overtime. Oh yeah, he also scored 12 points in the two overtime sessions.

*Marquette 82, UConn 76 (OT) — Napier poured in 11 points in 2:51 to rally UConn from a double-digit deficit late in the second half.

*UConn 82, Providence 79 (OT) — Eight points in overtime. Not one of his finer performances.

*UConn 69, South Florida 64 (OT) — Napier hit three 3-pointers on UConn’s first four possessions of overtime. Ballgame.

*UConn 73, Cincinnati 66 (…OT) — A Napier jumpshot with 40 seconds forced overtime, and three extra session 3-pointers (plus a pair of free throws) sealed the win.



UConn 73, Villanova 70 (OT) — Watch.

UConn 71, West Virginia 67 (OT) — An absurd 9-0 Shabazz Napier run in 1:29 forced overtime, where the Huskies  prevailed.


*UConn 56, Kentucky 55 — Napier sunk a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining to ice the victory and send the Huskies to the national championship. He did it in front of the largest crowd in Final Four history.