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Connecticut men's program completes road back to NCAA tournament following academic sanctions

  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier waits for a player to shoot a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Napier scored 16 points. Louisville won 71-61. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier waits for a player to shoot a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Napier scored 16 points. Louisville won 71-61. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) collides with Louisville guard Wayne Blackshear, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Louisville won 71-61. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) collides with Louisville guard Wayne Blackshear, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Louisville won 71-61. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) wipes his face during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville in the final of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Louisville won 71-61. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) wipes his face during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville in the final of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Louisville won 71-61. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

UConn completes its journey back to the NCAA tournament on Thursday when the Huskies face St. Joseph's.

They have not won an NCAA game since Kemba Walker led the improbable run to the program's third national title in 2011.

The team lost in the first-round of the 2012 tournament and was banned last year because players in previous years had failed to meet NCAA academic Standards.

That led several players to leave the program. But the Huskies say the adversity also bonded them as a group.

In addition to their success on the court, coach Kevin Ollie has said the Huskies expect to receive a perfect academic progress report from the NCAA in May.