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STORRS, Conn. – 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.