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Abrupt End to Season for UConn Men

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: Players from the Connecticut Huskies look on from the bench dejected late in the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 15: Players from the Connecticut Huskies look on from the bench dejected late in the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

By NANCY ARMOUR

AP National Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The national champions are one and done,
thanks to Iowa State.

When Jim Calhoun and Connecticut will be back in the NCAA
tournament is anybody’s guess.

Chris Allen led four Cyclones in double figures with 20 points
and Iowa State scored its last 14 at the free-throw line to beat
Connecticut 77-64 on Thursday night, the first time since UCLA in
1996 that the defending champs have lost in the opening game.
Calhoun didn’t even wait for the final buzzer, heading for
halfcourt with about four seconds left to congratulate Iowa State
coach Fred Hoiberg.

It is only the second loss in the opening game of the NCAA
tournament for UConn.

For the Cyclones, meanwhile, it’s their biggest victory in a
season of them after knocking off Kansas and Baylor during Big 12
play. As the game wound down, Royce White pointed at Iowa State’s
radio crew and said, “I told you, didn’t I?”

Iowa State’s reward for the big win? Overall No. 1 seed Kentucky
in the third round of the South Regional on Saturday.

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