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Men's Basketball Heads To Germany For Season Opener

Hangar C-5 will be a basketball arena on Friday.

Nov. 6, 2012

STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team departed for Ramstein, Germany on Tuesday for the 2012 Armed Force Classic. The game will be played against Michigan State on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time as Ramstein Air Base in a C-5 transport airplane hangar on the base.

Television coverage of the game will be at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN. The event is part of ESPN's Veteran's Week initiative honoring the men and women who are serving and who have served in the United States military, both at home and abroad.

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In the first regular-season game ever played in Europe, the Huskies feature three German players on its roster. Freshman Leon Tolksdorf (Berlin) joins fellow Germans Niels Giffey (Berlin) and Enosch Wolf (Goettingen).

For a copy of the UConn game notes, CLICK HERE.

The UConn team will take part in a number of activities prior to the game during the week. On Wednesday, the team will visit the Landstuhl Wounded Warrior Hospital and visit with soldiers. Other team members will visit the USO Center within the complex. The team will practice at the Base Fitness Center on Wednesday night.

On Thursday, the team will be treated to a flight on a C-130 and will perform a Kids Clinic on the base. The team will have a practice at Hangar five, which presented houses several aircraft. On Friday, the Huskies will meet airmen and airwomen in the morning for an Appreciation Day and the game is later that night - actually being played at midnight Germany time.

The team will depart Germany on Saturday morning and arrive back in the United States later in the day.



Ramstein Air Base is home of the 86th Airlift Wing. Ramstein's mission is to provide combat airlift across the globe. Their force moves food, people and equipment to remote and deployed areas. Ramstein assures key strategic capabilities by providing essential global access through Mobility and Cyberspace.

Michigan State is coming of its 14th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, including winning the 2000 NCAA Championship.