Five things that could make or break UConn this week at the Garden:
1. Shabazz Napier needs to shoot: Two Napiers have showed up throughout the year. One is a scoring point guard, a guy who looks for his own shot, pushes the tempo and still manages to get teammates involved. The other is somewhat passive and, at times, hesitant to shoot the ball. When Napier scores 20 or more points, the Huskies are 7-2.
2. Roscoe Smith’s minutes: Smith’s energy is contagious, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t play 30 minutes per game in this tournament.
3. The 3-ball: It’s killed the Huskies on both ends. In his last 28 attempts, Jeremy Lamb has made just seven 3-pointers. That’s three less than Providence hit in last Tuesday’s upset at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
4. Andre Drummond: The freshman isn’t much different than the rest of UConn’s roster – he’s been inconsistent throughout the whole season. When Drummond is comfortable and confident, he’s a game-changer, especially on the defensive end.
5. JC: No disrespect to George Blaney, but Jim Calhoun’s leadership certainly makes a difference. He didn’t win three national championships by accident.