April 2, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- UConn will kick off the 2013-14 men's basketball season in New York City, facing Maryland at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Huskies, who finished 20-10 in Coach Kevin Ollie's first season last year including wins over nationally-ranked Syracuse, Michigan State, and Notre Dame, will meet the Terrapins on Friday night, Nov. 8.
"We are looking forward to opening our 2013-14 basketball season in such a wonderful way, playing a great program like Maryland in a beautiful facility like Barclays Center," said UConn Coach Kevin Ollie, who expects to return his top six scorers and top five rebounders, including All-Big East first team pick Shabazz Napier. "I know all our student-athletes, but especially the ones from the New York City area, are very excited about the opportunity."
Maryland, which is 25-12 this season as it heads into Tuesday night's NIT semifinal against Iowa, should also have a strong club in 2013-14, with all five starters and eight of the 10 players in this year's rotation expected to return.
"We're looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to play a quality opponent in Connecticut," said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. "This will be a great experience for our players and fans."
UConn and Maryland have played a total of five times, with UConn holding a 3-2 edge. Their most recent game against each other took place on March 24, 2002, at the NCAA East Regional Finals in Syracuse, which Maryland won, 90-82.
"We couldn't be more pleased to open our basketball season at Barclays Center against Maryland," UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel said. "We have a large and passionate fan base in and around New York City that has demonstrated a consistently high level of support to our men's basketball team. We look forward to this opportunity to play against one of the top programs in the nation at a world-class facility, while showcasing our team and the passion of Husky Nation."
Tickets for Maryland vs. Connecticut will go on sale soon and will be available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, or through group sales 800-GROUP-BK.