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UCONN back in the tournament mix

Head coach Jim Calhoun of the Connecticut Huskies

Head coach Jim Calhoun of the Connecticut Huskies watches the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at the SEC Big East Invitational at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2009. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun

A few weeks ago Connecticut was nothing more than an afterthought. The Huskies dropped to 14-11 (4-8 Big East) after an ugly 60-48 loss to Cincinnati on February 13.

Like North Carolina, they were on the verge of becoming the second Final Four team from 2009 to be on the outside looking in at tournament time.

A lot has happened since the Cincinnati game. Including Monday's 73-62 home win against No.7 West Virginia, the Huskies (17-11, 7-8 Big East) have won three in a row.

Their first win was at then-No.3 Villanova. Is that enough to put the Huskies back on the bubble? Of course. Connecticut has a manageable road the rest of the way with a home game against Louisville and road games against Notre Dame and South Florida.

A clean sweep would give Jim Calhoun's crew 20 wins and a 10-8 conference mark. That plus a huge win over then-No.1 Texas should be more than enough.  

"It was a huge win, a huge team win," Huskies guard Kemba Walker told the Associated Press. "At this point, we don't know what's going to happen for our future, so right now the only thing is to win."

Walker led Connecticut with 21 points and Jerome Dyson added 17 points.

Monday's win wasn't easy for Connecticut. Referees called 46 fouls and Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun told the Associated Press it was a "street fight".

Bob Huggins worked the officials all night and eventually was ejected after getting his second technical.

Connecticut went 30-for-42 from the free throw line, compared to just 12-for-23 for West Virginia.

Photo credit: Getty Images

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