Defending national champion UConn goes from playing with a chip on its shoulder to a target on its back.

The Huskies came into last season determined to play well after an academic ban from the 2013 NCAA tournament. The result was a fourth national title, its second in four years.

The Huskies' biggest challenge this season is finding a way to replace Shabazz Napier, who led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists last season.

Coach Kevin Ollie says he's putting a lot on the plate of senior guard Ryan Boatright, who says he's ready to become the team's leader.

The Huskies are expected to run a lot this season with Boatright and a stable of guards, including transfer Rodney Purvis and junior college recruit Sam Cassell Jr.