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UConn reloads at guard as it looks to make a run at another national championship

  • FILE - In t his April 5, 2014, file photo, Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during the first half of an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Florida in Arlington, Texas. Ollie and UConn will host Bryant to open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    FILE - In t his April 5, 2014, file photo, Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during the first half of an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Florida in Arlington, Texas. Ollie and UConn will host Bryant to open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Connecticut's Ryan Boatright dribbles the ball at the men's and women's NCAA basketball teams' First Night event in Storrs, Conn. UConn will host Bryant to open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Connecticut's Ryan Boatright dribbles the ball at the men's and women's NCAA basketball teams' First Night event in Storrs, Conn. UConn will host Bryant to open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Connecticut's Ryan Boatright dunks the ball at the men's and women's NCAA basketball teams' First Night event in Storrs, Conn. UConn will host Bryant to open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Connecticut's Ryan Boatright dunks the ball at the men's and women's NCAA basketball teams' First Night event in Storrs, Conn. UConn will host Bryant to open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

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.