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SMU vs. UConn: Instant Analysis and Reaction

Shabazz Napier has been on the best players in the nation this year. Can he continue that versus SMU?
Shabazz Napier has been on the best players in the nation this year. Can he continue that versus SMU?Jessica Hill
Matt AppelContributor IIFebruary 23, 2014

The last time SMU reached the NCAA tournament, Bill Clinton had not yet been in office for 100 days. That has a chance of changing this year, but a win over UConn in Storrs today would help their cause significantly. 

The Mustangs come into today's action at 21-6 and 10-4 in the AAC with some wins to boast about. They knocked off UConn back on January 4, Memphis on February 1, and Cincinnati on February 8. At the same time, they've fallen victim to USF and Temple, losses that could raise questions in the eyes of the selection committee.

On the other side, it's been an up-and-down year for UConn, which comes into today's 2 p.m. tip ranked No. 21 in the country. They were ranked as high as 10th overall back in December, but since a February 6 loss to Cincinnati, the Huskies have rattled off four consecutive wins. A win over Larry Brown's squad today would leapfrog UConn past SMU in the AAC standings. 

Can Shabazz Napier continue his All-American-worthy season as UConn tries to establish itself as a team to be reckoned with in March? Can SMU knock off another top-25 team as its push for Madness continues? Check back in right before game time, as we'll attempt to answer some of these questions. 

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