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No. 19 UConn’s offense continues to struggle in embarrassing road loss at No. 11 Louisville

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As No. 19 UConn struggled mightily in its 81-48 loss at No. 11 Louisville on Saturday, it continued on a recent trend that the Huskies have been going through.

UConn (24-7, 12-6) simply can’t score on a consistent basis if any of their main three weapons are having an off-night, and lately, that’s definitely been the case. The Huskies are averaging a little over 73 points a game this season but they’ve failed to crack 70 points its last six games and haven’t done it since a February 15th overtime win over Memphis.

Shabazz Napier is playing heavy minutes during that stretch — at least 37 minutes in UConn’s last five games before 34 minutes in the Louisville loss — and finally had an off-day against the Cardinals, but the senior point guard needs more help from Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels and his Huskies teammates if UConn wants to make a postseason run.

Napier and Boatright combined for 14 points on 4-for-24 shooting from the field in the loss to Louisville (26-5, 15-3) on Saturday while Daniels finished with 17 points. The UConn backcourt duo of Napier and Boatright usually averages just over 30 points per game.

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Boatright, a junior guard, and Daniels, a junior forward, both average just over 12 points a game this season but have gone cold over the recent six-game stretch.

Boatright has shot 18-for-62 from the field over the six-game stretch while Daniels has only averaged 8.6 points a game while failing to crack double-figures in four of those games.

Connecticut could try to turn to other options, but Niels Giffey is rather one-dimensional as a shooter on the offensive end while Lasan Kromah provides a lot of energy but isn’t necessarily a guy that can create on his own.

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The Huskies also have to miss the production of sophomore guard Omar Calhoun, who is going through one of the worst sophomore slumps in America. The 6-foot-6 Calhoun had a respectable freshman season, averaging 11.1 points in 32.1 minutes on 40 percent shooting, but after scoring in double-figures the first three games of the season, Calhoun has only done that twice since then as he hasn’t registered a point since a February 6th loss to Cincinnati.

Calhoun hasn’t scored in the last seven games he’s appeared in, a span that totals 49 minutes of playing time. The sophomore is averaging 4.5 points in 15.1 minutes while shooting 31 percent this season.

So without a lot of other options to turn to, UConn really needs Boatright and/or Daniels to get rolling as the postseason begins next week or the Huskies could be in serious trouble.

Jalen Coleman-Lands cleared to practice

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Jarrod Uthoff #20 of the Iowa Hawkeyes defends against Jalen Coleman-Lands #5 of the Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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When Illinois takes on Southeast Missouri State in the opener of the 2016-17 season, the Fighting Illini should have it’s starting backcourt out on the floor.

According to Jon Rothstein, Jalen Coleman-Lands has been cleared for all basketball activities. The sophomore two-guard has been recovering from a broken bone in his right hand.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.

Coleman-Lands will team up with Tracy Abrams, a point guard who was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing the past two seasons due to injuries.

This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.

The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.

NBC Sports projected Illinois to finish eighth in the Big Ten this season.

Curtis Jones jumps over Tom Crean

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Indiana held its annual Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night.

One of the highlights from the team’s dunk contest was when freshman guard Curtis Jones jumped over Indiana head coach Tom Crean.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a newcomer us his coach as a dunk contest prop. Last week, Rawle Alkins cleared Arizona head coach Sean Miller en route to a reverse jam.

Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.

WATCH: Edmond Sumner take off from the foul line

CINCINNATI, OH - FEBRUARY 03:  Edmond Sumner #4 of the Xavier Musketeers dunks the ball during the game against the St. John's Red Storm at Cintas Center on February 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Edmond Sumner is a big reason why Xavier is likely going to be a preseason top-10 team.

On Saturday night, during Musketeer Madness, Sumner won the team’s dunk contest when he took off from the foul line.

Sumner defeated freshmen Tyrique Jones and Quentin Goodin. J.P. Macura, the reigning Big East Sixth Man of the Year, took home the honors last year.

The 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore is coming off a debut season in which he averaged 11.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

WATCH: Duke goes crazy for Chase Jeter’s bottle flip

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Chase Jeter #2 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on in the second half against the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The bottle flip has become an international sensation in recent months.

It’s as simple as it sounds: flipping a water bottle in the air, attempting to have it land upright.

Duke sophomore forward Chase Jeter, in front of 9,300-plus fans, successfully pulled off the bottle flip on Saturday night at Duke’s Craziness.

Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.

Auburn to honor Charles Barkley with a statue

HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04:  Former NBA player and commentator Charles Barkley looks on prior to the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.

The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.

“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”

Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.

His number 34 is retired at Auburn.