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South Carolina-Connecticut Preview

Updated: December 17, 2009, 10:40 AM ET
Associated Press

Following a regular season marred by tragedy, Connecticut will get one more opportunity to win in honor of a slain teammate.

With the memory of Jasper Howard still prevalent, the Huskies meet South Carolina for the first time Jan. 2 at the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

The Huskies' season changed Oct. 18 when Howard, a starting cornerback and expectant father, was stabbed to death during a fight outside a school-sponsored dance.

Hours earlier, Howard starred in a 38-25 ...

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