TheRoundUp 2/29: Things fall apart

Feb. 28, 2012; Providence, RI, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Roscoe Smith (22) , guard Jeremy Lamb (3) , center Andre Drummond (12) , guard Ryan Boatright (11) and guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the second half against the Providence Friars at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Providence defeated Connecticut 72-70. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

UConn men fade late in losing at Providence -
The way the Huskies played this one, it’s hard to visualize. They led 51-37 early in the second half and 54-41 with 11 minutes, 11 seconds left, but the Friars outscored them 15-0 and 26-5 to take control of the game. Henton’s pair of perimeter shots, with 1:50 and 1:01 left, extended the Providence lead to nine.

UConn coughs up double-digit lead, falls - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
Cotton’s four 3-pointers led a 26-5 Providence charge midway through the second half, punctuated by a technical foul called on UConn forward Andre Drummond. The run gave the Friars a 63-55 lead.

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Right Now, This is Not an NCAA Tournament Team. Sorry.
Andre Drummond was hit with a technical after apparently throwing the ball back at ref Roger Ayers with too much force after Drummond had been called with an elbow foul. "I told (Ayers), ‘It’s Andre Drummond, he doesn’t know how to do that. He’s too nice a person,’" associate head coach Geroge Blaney explained. "I can’t imagine that would be intentional. He just misread it, I don’t know." Drummond agreed: "I tossed it to him. I guess he wasn’t prepared for it, and he thought I tried to throw it at him. I usually just toss the ball to the ref. I guess he wasn’t looking and it looked like a cheap shot."

uconn men's basketball: huskies loss in providence may have sunk tournament chances -
The latest submission of reality arrived Tuesday night when the Huskies lost 72-70 to a Providence College team — amusingly, Roscoe Smith called the Friars "an organization" — that entered the Dunkin' Donuts Center with a 3-13 Big East and 14-15 overall record.

Defending champ UConn finally may have run out of chances | The Dagger: College Basketball Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Granted UConn's No. 30 RPI, top-rated strength schedule and handful of quality wins are enough to merit consideration, but how many chances do the Huskies have to squander before we're willing to slam the door on them for good? They've lost nine of their last 12 games to fall to 17-12 overall and 7-10 in the Big East with just a game against Pittsburgh left on the regular season schedule.

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