Posted November 19, 2012 on AP on Fox
The last time Connecticut played New Mexico, coach Jim Calhoun was guiding the Huskies to their first national title. It didn't appear that rookie coach Kevin Ollie would be leading the 23rd-ranked Huskies into Monday night's championship of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but that's exactly where they'll be after the guard duo of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright helped them dig out of a late hole. With a berth in the regional semifinals at stake, top-seeded Connecticut defeated New Mexico 78-56 on March 13, 1999, en route to the first of three NCAA tournament titles (2004, 2011) under Calhoun. Calhoun retired after last season's disappointing 20-14 campaign, so Ollie is now running a program that has a chance to open 5-0 for the third consecutive season. The Huskies, the 2008 Paradise Jam champs, have the opportunity to become the first two-time winner of this event following an 89-83 double-overtime victory over Quinnipiac in Sunday's secon...
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