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TheRoundUp 2/20: After a miserable weekened, UConn awaits its NCAA fate

The NCAA Committee on Academic Performance is meeting today to decide if what APR data will be used to calculate eligibility for the 2013 NCAA tournament. This is UConn's last real shot to become eligible, so hope the committee checks the "most recent data" box. It is possible that the decision will not be made until April, but we should get some sort of indication of where things are headed.

Villanova, UConn have seen better days
Wells Fargo Center. Monday night. ESPN. Villanova-Connecticut. What could be better? Well, that was the idea when the schedule was made: an annual Big East contender and NCAA Tournament regular against the defending national champs. Reality intervened.

Villanova Is UConn's Latest Must-Win -
They are still in position to make the NCAA Tournament, due to their superior schedule strength and impressive No. 21 rating in the most recent Ratings Power Index. ESPN bracket analyst Joe Lunardi most recently projects UConn would be a No. 8 seed in the South Regional. But with four games left, the Huskies cannot let a game slip away to any of three opponents below them in the league standings. That makes this game the latest must-win for UConn.

Crunch time for UConn men - Connecticut Post
"Coach (Glen) Miller always says we're fighting for our lives, we're fighting to make the tournament," said UConn junior Alex Oriakhi. "That should be enough motivation itself. It's really frustrating for me because I've been through this already -- it's one of the worst things ever."

No. 2 UConn women see two more streaks end -
He wasn’t shocked that the second-ranked Huskies lost to Red Storm, ending their record 99-game home winning streak and a string of 261 straight victories at home over non-ranked opponents. After all, St. John’s outplayed them in nearly every facet of the game. The Red Storm forced 18 turnovers that led to 20 easy points, took 14 more shots and corralled 17 offensive rebounds.

Geno Auriemma: They Beat Us In Every Part Of The Game -
"Could I see this coming? I don't know. We've played pretty well. But we need to play well on all cylinders to beat a good team, and St. John's is a good team. On some nights, you just have to figure out how to win. Bria [Hartley] and Kaleena [Mosqueda-Lewis] usually make shots, but combined for 8-for-25. "If those two guys aren't making shots, we have major problems. We just don't have a lot of other ways to score."

Huskies Shutout Indiana Behind Ward's Four-Hitter - University of Connecticut Official Athletics Site
Sophomore lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) pitched 7.1 innings of shutout baseball to guide the University of Connecticut baseball team to an 8-0 win over Indiana in the season opener at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge at Al Lang Stadium, Friday evening. The win was just the second win in a season opener in nine seasons for UConn head coach Jim Penders.

Balanced Boilermakers Play Error-Free Ballgame in Season-Opening Win vs. UConn
Purdue baseball had its leadoff man reach base safely in all eight innings it batted and Blake Mascarello worked four innings of scoreless relief, leading the way in a 9-4 comeback win against Connecticut Saturday morning at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.

UConn Concludes Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge With 9-5 Loss to OSU - University of Connecticut Official Athletics Site
The University of Connecticut baseball team wrapped up the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge with a six-inning 9-5 loss to Ohio State at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies left Florida with a 1-2 record, while the Buckeyes improved to 2-1.