Jim Calhoun to undergo back surgery

UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun will undergo surgery for a spinal condition that has forced him to miss the past six games, it was announced Wednesday.

"I’m glad we have finally determined the best course of treatment to deal with the problem," said Calhoun, who has been suffering lower back pain because of spinal stenosis.

"I’m looking forward to having the procedure done, hopefully recovering as quickly as possible and putting it all in the past."

Last week, the university said Calhoun would remain sidelined through at least the Feb. 28 game at Providence.

Calhoun, 70, is expected to spend one or two nights in the hospital following the operation Monday, then continue his recovery at home. The school said he will be evaluated daily to determine when he can resume his coaching duties.

UConn hosts its regular season finale March 3 against Pittsburgh, then will compete in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden, March 6-10.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more areas in the spine, most often in the neck or lower back. In severe cases, surgery is needed to make additional space for the spinal cord or nerves.

Calhoun, who won his third national championship as UConn coach in 2011, has been forced him from the sidelines several times in recent years because of various physical issues.

The Huskies (17-10, 7-8 Big East) host No. 2 Syracuse on Saturday, and appear on course to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.