Shabazz Napier's right foot has become an issue again.
The foot was a problem much of last year, and required surgery over the summer. It began bothering Napier again in recent games, with the Huskies playing with less time in between games in February. Early in the second half, Napier landed awkwardly on Mikael Hopkins and twisted the foot again.
He came out for about three minutes, got some treatment from trainer James Doran, flexed the foot a little bit and changed his shoes. Then he came back in and played the rest of the game, a total of 47 minutes, scoring 16 points.
"I don't feel like I played that well," Napier said.
"He played well," coach Kevin Ollie said. "I don't know what's going on with the foot, I'm going to talk to James. Hopefully [Napier] didn't aggravate it too bad, and he can play. We have a great training staff, and I know 'Bazz, how disciplined he is, he's going to do his treatment and do his best to be out there Saturday in Cincinnati."
Napier injured his shoulder on Jan. 14 and, although clearly affected by it, continued to play each game until it eventually became a non-issue. UConn's leading scorer, Napier scored 28 in the overtime win over Cincinnati Feb. 21.
The Huskies had not had a double-double all season, but DeAndre Daniels, though it took two OTs, made it with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
"I got a double-double? What did I get, rebounds?" he asked. "I didn't even look at the stat sheet, I was so upset after the game."
What's The Score?
When Omar Calhoun hit the three-point shot to tie the game at 62-62 with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, Ryan Boatright was confused. "I didn't realize he had tied the game," Boatright said. "I thought we were down four. I was ready to foul."
Luckily, Boatright didn't.
Wes Bialosuknia, UConn star in the mid-1960s, was at the game, along with more recent former Huskies Donny Marshall and Jake Voskuhl seated behind the Huskies bench. … UConn had a large group of recruits from Wilbraham-Monson attending the game: Goodluck Okonoboh, 6 feet 9, from the Class of '14, is thought to be a big target. A few of the 2015 kids worth watching are, Luis Montero, 6-7, Curtis Cobb III, 6-4, and Marcel Pettway, 6-6. … Georgetown extended its winning streak to 10 with this victory. … UConn has lost 19 games to Big East opponents at Gampel since it opened in 1990. This was the first time Georgetown had ever won there, after losses in 1999, 2004 and 2005. … Georgetown coach John Thompson III was asked about the impending breakup of the league. "As the coach of Georgetown University, and a lifelong Big East fan, it's tough to wear both hats," he said. "But I am the coach of Georgetown, that's the hat I wear. It's sad. There's a lot of emotion, memories of the league. It's evolving, it's going to look different, that's life." … UConn is 4-2 in OT games, and 1-1 in double OT games, having beaten Quinnipiac in double overtime in the Virgin Islands. … Shabazz Napier: "A lot of people say we're not playing for anything, but we're playing for the passion of the game." … UConn will fly to Cincinnati late Friday afternoon for its afternoon game against the Bearcats. The Huskies have three games left, against Cincinnati, South Florida and Providence, and have beaten all three teams this season, but all in OT.