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Tyler Olander

STORRS — At the end of the day, it was Shabazz Napier's bus.

You never knew the route: 0-for-7 one half, 10-for-11 the next. There would be head fakes and fouls until the free throws added up. The miraculous shot, the defiance. It was the ride of a lifetime and it ended with a championship in Dallas.

“We're not going to have Shabazz to bail us out with 35-footers at the end of the shot clock,” coach Kevin Ollie said after the first practice of this season.

Napier, who led the team in most major categories, is gone, off to the NBA. So is DeAndre Daniels, who came into his own in March; Niels Giffey, the three-point sharpshooter; Lasan Kromah, the...