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UConn Huskies Back in the Fold; Academically Qualify for 2014 NCAA Tournament

David Butler II-USA Today Sports

The NCAA has made significant strides in academic performance and they have made things known in the past that they intend on barring any program from postseason play, should they fail to qualify within the classroom.

The APR, or academic progress rate, barred the UConn Huskies from competing within the NCAA Tournament this past season and ironically enough, the team had a decent season and probably would have been considered a bubble contender on Selection Sunday had they been eligible.

They took their ban in 2013, but good news has since surfaced — the Huskies are back in the fold academically and UConn will eligible to compete for a berth within the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

After Hall of Fame head coach Jim Calhoun stepped down last fall, Kevin Ollie took over the program on a virtual interim basis. The Huskies wised up soon enough, signing Ollie to an extension. In just one year, Ollie has done a terrific job with this UConn program and that certainly comes as no surprise given his prior experience under Calhoun.

The 2013-14 season however, could give the Huskies a great opportunity to move forward and take that next step under Ollie. With what should be one of the most dangerous back courts in the country, UConn should be a force and a tournament contender right from the start of the season. Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun (no relation to Jim) form a three-headed monster that will be highly difficult to defend on the perimeter.

This is good news that only boosts the expectations in Storrs next season.

 

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