UConn's Shabazz Napier discusses Aaron Harrison's big-play ability

April 6, 2014 Updated 17 hours ago

  • Next game: Kentucky vs. Notre Dame

    When: 8:49 p.m. Saturday

    Location: Cleveland

    TV: TBS

    Radio: WLAP-AM 630 and WBUL-FM 98.1

    Records: No. 1 seed Kentucky 37-0; No. 3 seed Notre Dame 32-5

    Series: UK leads 42-19

ARLINGTON, Texas — Aaron Harrison has been Kentucky's Mr. Big Shot for this improbable NCAA Tournament run.

The Cats' opponent in Monday's national title game has its own player capable of coming through in the clutch.

UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier is a first-team All-American, the American Athletic Conference's player of the year and one of the greatest competitors in the history of the Huskies' program.

Napier has been paying attention to Harrison's game-winning shots over the past few days, and he offered some insight Sunday on what it takes to be a player who doesn't shy away from the big moments.

"At the end of the day, you work so hard to get to the point where you have to believe in yourself," he said. "And Aaron probably used to do this when he was younger — you're on the courts and it's, '3, 2 ...' and you shoot the ball. When you miss it, you gotta say, 'Oh, I got fouled' or something. He's been shooting the ball real well and it's been when they need it the most. Clutch, clutch shots. That just shows you how great of a competitor he is. When you get in the moment, you can shy away from it. You can tell yourself, 'Oh, I don't want to shoot this, because I don't want to miss.' But to be successful, you gotta try. And sometimes when you try, you fail. And you have to move on to the next one. And he's not worried about failing. He's worried about doing what he believes is best for his team, and that's taking them shots and making them shots."

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