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Turbulent, To Say The Least

Has there been a more tumultuous season in

UConn

history? Has there ever been a soap opera like the 2009-10 season?

Coming off an appearance in the

Final Four

the year before, the Huskies endured one of the more puzzling and trying seasons in the

Jim Calhoun

era. Having finished 18-16 after a loss to

Virginia Tech

in the second round of the NIT, the team finished with the most losses since Calhoun's first season in

Storrs

.

Given that the Huskies had three seniors --

Stanley Robinson

,

Jerome Dyson

and

Gavin Edwards

-- and an emerging star at point guard in

Kemba Walker

, expectations were high despite the losses of

Hasheem Thabeet

,

Jeff Adrien

,

A.J. Price

and Craig Austrie.

But UConn proved to be as inconsistent as it could be dynamic, a disjointed group that played to exceptional highs (victories over

Texas

, Villanova and

West Virginia

) and dispiriting lows (losses to Cincinnati, South Florida and St. John's).

Throughout it all, the cloud of an ongoing

NCAA

investigation lingered. In his 38th year as a head coach at the Division I level, Calhoun missed more games than he ever has. He took a seven-game leave in the middle of the season for an undisclosed medical condition.

In his absence, the Huskies defeated St. John's and top-ranked Texas, but then lost three in a row. UConn was 3-4 under

George Blaney

and 14-10 when Calhoun returned to the sideline Feb. 13 against Cincinnati at the

XL Center

. The Huskies' 60-48 loss to the Bearcats might have been the ugliest of the season.

And then, go figure, the Huskies won three in a row, including victories over No. 3 Villanova and No. 8 West Virginia, to move back into

NCAA Tournament

consideration. But a Senior Day loss to Louisville was the start of a four-game losing streak that culminated in an ugly loss to St. John's in the first round of the

Big East

tournament.

The Huskies scratched out a victory over Northeastern in the first round of the NIT and actually played well -- with passion, anyway -- in the loss to Virginia Tech. Calhoun was proud of the final image of his team, but he is clearly glad to have that season behind him. Blame the coaches. Blame the players. The 2009-10 Huskies, for all their talent, were not a good basketball team.

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