ARLINGTON, Texas -- Shabazz Napier has been the best player in a fascinating NCAA tournament, one that will conclude with UConn facing Kentucky in the national championship game at AT&T Stadium on Monday night. The 6-foot-1 senior guard has carried Connecticut to wins over Saint Joseph's, Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State and top-seeded Florida.
The senior finished Saturday's 63-53 win over the Gators with 12 points, six assists, three rebounds and four steals. And that was his worst performance -- on paper -- of the tourney.
His teammates see him operate every day, and they're in awe of his efforts too. Here's their take on the plays, games, moments, character and attitude that have made Napier the star he's become for the Huskies.
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