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The Huskies finally have a chance to live up to the preseason hype: after having sat out the first six games of the season, Villanueva has been cleared to play.

Updated: December 6, 2003, 9:57 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Connecticut was projected to be the preseason No. 1 team even before Charlie Villanueva committed to the Huskies last spring.

But his addition made them an overwhelming pick by the majority of media outlets to start the season atop the rankings.

The Huskies finally have a chance to live up to that preseason hype now that Villanueva, after sitting out the first six games of the season due to eligibility issues, has been cleared to play. The 6-10 McDonald's All-American will suit up ...

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