Nov. 13, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 19 University of Connecticut men's basketball team is back in action on Thursday, November 14th when it begins play in the 2K Sports Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, by hosting Detroit at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on SNY and will be broadcasted by the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network, WTIC - AM 1080.
The Huskies (2-0) enter the game after defeating in-state rival Yale, 80-62, on Veteran's Day. Senior guard Shabazz Napier became the first UConn player to record two career triple-double performances, tallying 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in UConn's win. The Roxbury, Mass. native is averaging 9.0 rebounds and 16.0 points in Connecticut's first two games of 2013-14.
Senior forward Niels Giffey is off to a fast start from beyond the arc this season, connecting of eight of his first nine three-point attempts, including a career-high five against Yale in just 20 minutes.
UConn and Detroit have met only once in the past, with the Titans taking a 67-61 victory over the Huskies in the second round of the 2001 postseason NIT. Detroit travels to Storrs with a 1-1 record, led by forward Juwan Howard Jr., who is averaging 20 points per game and pulling in a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game.
For each of the past nine seasons, UConn has competed in a November tournament, most recently falling to New Mexico, 66-60, in the Paradise Jam Championship game in early 2012-13.
The Huskies have been perfect in Gampel Pavilion openers since the building opened in 1990, winning all 24 contests on their home court. UConn boasts a 72-4 all-time record against non-conference foes in its on-campus facility.
Second year head coach Kevin Ollie looks for his second consecutive 3-0 start, after leading the Huskies to a 20-10 overall record in 2012-13. Since taking over the helm of the Huskies last year, Ollie has compiled an impressive 8-1 record in the month of November.