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Alex Oriakhi leaving UConn, dad says

Updated: March 22, 2012, 10:17 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Alex Oriakhi will spend his senior season with a team that has a chance to play in the NCAA tournament.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Oriakhi will transfer from Connecticut, his father, Alex Sr., told the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

"Alex will transfer because of the NCAA tournament next year," his father told the newspaper group.

UConn is appealing an NCAA decision that will prevent it from playing in the 2013 NCAA tournament because of a subpar academic progress rating.

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