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Jeff Jacobs: Romance And Reality Clash, And It's An Ugly Loss For UConn

Jeff Jacobs: Romance And Reality Clash, And It's An Ugly Loss For UConn

HARTFORD — The romance was there. Oh, man, the romance was there for the taking.

There was Shabazz Napier, the drama king of the 2014 national champions, sitting behind the UConn bench Thursday night at the XL Center. The Magic play in Boston against the Celtics on Friday night, and there Shabazz was with Orlando teammate Victor Oladipo. Napier's mom, a regular at UConn games, was sitting nearby.

Napier, the irresistible guard from Boston, didn't invent the last-second shot at Storrs, but he sure came close to perfecting it.

And now here was the rebound of Shonn Miller's missed put-back attempt bouncing way out for freshman Jalen Adams to frantically track down...

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