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UConn draws first blood

It looked easy, but it really wasn’t for Connecticut in its 97-71 win over DePaul in Big East first-round action.

The 26-point margin of victory looked like a lot, but it was actually a seven-point game with less than six minutes to go. Things like that happen in the Big East. The fact that No.16 DePaul pushed the Huskies shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The Big East is by far the deepest league in the country. And as any coach in the conference will say, there aren’t many easy games in the league.

"I've never seen it where every team can beat you," Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. "I've never seen that in 25 years."

You also have to consider the incredible scrutiny the program is under now after the NCAA hit coach Jim Calhoun with a three-game conference coaching suspension that begins next season.

The NCAA also levied several penalties on the program, including a reduction in scholarships and recruiting restrictions over the next three seasons.

The ninth-needed Huskies (22-9), who halted a six-game Big East tourney losing streak, gets No.8 Georgetown in a second-round game at noon on Wednesday.

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