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Calhoun Says He’ll Be In NYC For Big East Tournament

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Jim Calhoun (Jim Rogash/Getty Images Sport)

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By PAT EATON-ROBB,  Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he’ll be in New York to coach his Huskies at the Big East tournament.

Calhoun, who returned to the bench on Saturday, less than a week after undergoing back surgery, says he is still a little fatigued, but expects to be fine by noon Tuesday when the ninth-seeded Huskies (18-12) face No. 16 DePaul (12-18).

Calhoun said last week that he hasn’t made any plans other than to come back and coach this year.

His players say his return has energized them, but they aren’t ready to promise another run like the one that saw the Huskies win 11 straight after entering the tournament as a No. 9 seed a year ago.

Calhoun joked Monday that when someone told him it will be nice to have him back in New York for the tournament, he told that supporter they would be much better off if it was former UConn guard Kemba Walker who was returning.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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