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STORRS, Conn. – UConn's men's basketball team has overcome academic sanctions, player transfers, a coaching change and a switch in conferences to make it back to the Final Four.
But don't call it a comeback, at least not around coach Kevin Ollie or his predecessor, Jim Calhoun.
Calhoun says Connecticut never went anywhere, pointing out the team's last title came just three seasons ago.
Ollie says any statement about resiliency was made last year, when the Huskies went 20-10 despite being banned from the NCAA tournament for failing to meet academic statements.
This season, he says, was just about improving.
But guard Shabazz Napier says UConn's experiences, both good and bad, over the last three years, may give the Huskies an edge in Dallas.
UConn (30-8) faces Florida (36-2) on Saturday night.