STORRS, Conn. - After wrapping up exhibition play with a 40-point win over New Haven, the No. 20 UConn men's basketball team will open the 2015-16 regular season on Friday, Nov. 13 when it plays host to Maine at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted on SNY and heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn is coming off its fifth-consecutive 20-win season (20-15) with an appearance in the NIT in 2014-15. In late October, the team earned a pair of first-place votes in the American Athletic Conference Preseason poll, checking in at No. 2 with 87 points. Freshman guard Jalen Adams (Roxbury, Mass.) was selected as the league's Preseason Rookie of the Year, while Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.), Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) and Sterling Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J.) earned spots on Preseason All-Conference teams.
The Huskies are 83-29 (.741) in 112 season openers, dating back to a 17-12 victory over Windham High in 1900-01. The squad has won 58 of their last 70 openers and haven't fallen in its opening tilt since 1999.
Kevin Ollie returns to the sidelines for his fourth season as head coach and will look to build on his 72-33 (.686) career record that has him tied for sixth-place on UConn's all-time coaching wins list. His .686 winning percentage is good for fourth-best in program history.
UConn has an overall record of 160-29 (.847) at Gampel Pavilion since the building opened in 1990. The Huskies are 78-7 (.918) against non-league competition, were 76-19 (.800) against Big East opponents and are 6-3 against American Athletic Conference opponents in Gampel.
Connecticut is ranked among the Top 25 in both the Associated Press and the ESPN-USA Today Coaches poll. UConn is No. 20 in the AP Top 25 poll and is No. 24 in the USA Today poll. It is the fifth consecutive season that UConn has been ranked in the AP Preseason Top 25, the seventh time in the last eight years, the 12th time in the last 13 years and the 21st time in the last 25 years.
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