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UConn loses to Providence, adds to NCAA bubble worries


Mike Miller

Connecticut’s freefall continues.

A 72-70 loss Tuesday to Providence dropped the defending NCAA champs to 17-12 overall and 7-10 in the Big East – and further worsened their chances of even making the 2012 tournament field.

Is that prospect the one thing that could rush Jim Calhoun’s return the sideline a little bit? It’ll play a huge factor. They’re now 3-5 during the coach’s indefinite medical leave of absence.

The Huskies close the regular season Saturday at home vs. Pitt, which is a game they should win. (Then again, they should’ve won Tuesday.) After that, the Big East tournament starts March 6. UConn’s looking at playing the first day – something that’ll sound familiar – which’ll probably give them a chance to win their next two, three games.

If they start caring, that is.

UConnProvidence watched as ProvidenceUConn made an 11-1 run to start the second half. But stopping Providence’s Bryce Cotton, who scored 22 points and hit 4 3-pointers during an 18-3 run that gave the Friars a 63-55 lead, was another matter. A technical by center Andre Drummond didn’t help, either.

“I thought we had control of the game,” said associate head coach George Blaney, “but we did a lot of things wrong from that point on.”

Indifference and complacency continues to plague the Huskies. I’m not sure even Calhoun can stem that.

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