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Calhoun out for at least three more games

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: theday.com

Published February 15. 2012 4:24PM   Updated February 15. 2012 5:56PM

UConn coach Jim Calhoun will be on a medical leave of absence for at least three more games due to a painful lower back condition.

He's already missed three games while receiving treatment for spinal stenosis. He's had a number of evaluations with doctors in attempt to diagnose the specific cause of discomfort and determine a treatment plan, according to UConn's press release.

UConn hosts DePaul tonight and Marquette Saturday and then visits Villanova on Monday in Philadelphia. Associate head coach George Blaney will continue to run the team.

"I am happy that we seem to have located the problem and I am currently moving forward with treatment," Calhoun said in a released statement. "We have to give that treatment time to see whether or not it is effective.

"I'm hoping by the middle of next week, we will have a much clearer picture of where we are and when I can look forward to getting back to doing what I do."

The Huskies miss Calhoun's presence.

"We'd all like him back as soon as possible," Blaney said after practice Tuesday.

"Coach Calhoun is like the backbone," freshman Ryan Boatright said

UConn has six regular season games remaining overall.

In other news, sophomore Jeremy Lamb (sprained right big toe), freshman Andre Drummond (sprained right ankle) and sophomore Roscoe Smith (sore left Achilles tendon) all will play tonight against DePaul at Gampel Pavilion.

No changes in the starting lineup for UConn tonight. Lamb and Drummond will join sophomore Shabazz Napier, Boatright and junior Alex Oriakhi in the first five.

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