During pre-game layup lines at Gampel Pavilion Saturday, the Connecticut end of the floor resembled the emergency room at a hospital.
Tyler Olander was on crutches. Omar Calhoun had his wrist wrapped. And Niels Giffey's fractured index finger was bandaged in a splint. But there were no long faces for the Huskies. This year's UConn team understood adversity. And of course, guard Shabazz Napier had surprised everyone by dressing for the game after missing the previous two with an injured foot.
That had all the Huskies feeling better.
"The fact that we had our ace back today really helped us," guard R.J. Evans said after UConn's 63-59 overtime victory Providence closed out the season.
Napier, who led UConn in scoring with a 17.1 average, had 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals despite the injury. And UConn's "ace" was rewarded for his entire season on Sunday when he was named a first-team All-Big East selection.
Calhoun, who averaged 11.1 points as a freshman, was named to the All-Rookie Team. Those were the only honors for UConn in Sunday's announcement.
Napier plans to explore the possibility of entering the NBA Draft, but his first priority will be resting his foot, he said. No further surgery is necessary and he said Saturday he hasn't considered his options for the future yet.
Coach Kevin Ollie said he will support any decision made by Napier, but he hopes Napier returns and is "stronger than ever." Ollie called Napier "one of the smartest players I've ever been around.
"He's a leader," coach Kevin Ollie said. "He's evolved as a young man, a special young man, from his freshman year to now, just leading by experience and leading with encouragement.
"Shabazz used to think he could do it by himself, now he knows he needs his teammates. When somebody's down, he's always there to pick him up. He's learned and grown. We were a different team with him out there."
Here's the full run down of the Big East honors for 2012-13:
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171, Roxbury, Mass.
*Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 205, Sikeston, Mo.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr., 6-11, 245, Kebemer, Senegal
Russ Smith, Louisville, G, Jr., 6-0, 165, Briarwood, N.Y.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-9, 246, Glenview, Ill.
Bryce Cotton, Providence, G, Jr., 6-1, 165, Tucson, Ariz.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221, White Plains, N.Y.
Vander Blue, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-4, 200, Madison, Wisc.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-5, 202, Bowie, Md.
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, G, So., 6-6, 185, Hamilton, Mass.
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-8, 215, Baltimore, Md.
ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-2, 175, Accokeek, Md.
Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, Sr., 6-0, 185, Seattle, Wash.
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-0, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-4,210, Jamesville, N.Y.
Jayvaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, So., 6-6, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Davante Gardner, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va.
Kadeem Batts, Providence, F, Jr., 6-9, 245, Powder Springs, Ga.
Jakarr Sampson, St. John's, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, F, Jr., G-F, 6-6, 205, Paterson, N.J.
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM^
Omar Calhoun, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-5, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, Fr., 6-3, 227, Indianapolis, Ind.
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, C, Fr., 7-0, 250, Roturua, New Zealand
Chris Obekpa, St. John's, C, Fr., 6-9, 223, Makurdi, Nigeria
*JaKarr Sampson, St. John's, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio
*Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa. *Denotes unanimous selection. ^Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was named.