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Huskies fight through absence

With Calhoun out, UConn still rolls in first round

Updated: March 20, 2009, 6:17 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- They crowded around the disembodied voice coming from the speakerphone parked next to the chalkboard and listened.

Even when he wasn't there in person, Jim Calhoun had his team's undivided attention.

To outsiders, Calhoun is a gruff, chronically displeased Irishman.

To his players, he is the gruff, hard-to-please Irishman whose ceaseless demands make them better, stronger and tougher.

So when ...

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