Nation's best point guards under pressure
March, 4, 2014
By Miles Simon | ESPN.com
Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesConnecticut point guard Shabazz Napier knows what to do with the ball late in games.When March rolls around, the best teams usually feature a firm hand on the wheel: a point guard who can handle the exponentially increasing pressure that comes with the postseason and a one-loss-and-out format. To preview the upcoming conference tournaments and the Big Dance to come, I've ranked my top five point guards under pressure, putting a special emphasis on their performance in late-game and overtime situations. And the list begins in Storrs, Conn.
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut Huskies
Stats in the clutch (last five minutes of second half/OT with the score within five points): 1.13 points per play, 5 assists, 2 turnovers
Napier has been one of the best players in college basketball this season. He has to do so many things for UConn, accounting for more than 40 percent of the Huskies' points thus far. He's also the team's best defender. However, what I like about him the most is his ability to come through when the game is on the line.