Details are set for the UConn-Duke game at the Meadowlands, the Izod Arena
The game will be played Dec. 18, 2014 at 8 p.m., a Thursday night. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. via ticketmaster and the Izod Center box office.
The chance to play Duke prompted UConn to do a lot of re-arranging, but it was too good to pass up. They ended up moving the trip to Stanford to the middle of the American Athletic Conference schedule on Jan. 17.
“We are very much looking forward to playing against Duke at the IZOD Center this December,” said UConn head coach Kevin Ollie. “Our series against Duke includes some of the most exciting and most meaningful games in UConn basketball history and we have the utmost respect for Coach Krzyzewski and his program. Plus, it will be wonderful to return to the IZOD Center, where UConn has a long history. It not only gives our fans in the New York-New Jersey area a chance to watch us play, but is close enough to allow our great fans from Connecticut to come and support us.”
From the Duke side:
“We are excited to have the opportunity to play Connecticut at the IZOD Center next season,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We have a strong fan base in the New York / New Jersey area and I am sure Connecticut will have great fan support as well. It is always special to play in front of terrific crowds and it should be an outstanding game between two talented teams. Connecticut is obviously coming off a championship season and has excellent personnel returning. Coach Ollie has done a terrific job running the program and we look forward to the challenge.”UConn and Duke have played nine times, Duke winning five. They played at this arena in the Elite Eight in 1990, with Duke ending the “Dream Season” with the Christian Laettner basket.
UConn defeated Duke, 77-74, in the 1999 national championship game, and again, 78-78, in the 2004 semifinals. UConn and Duke last met in the 2009 NIT Tip-Off Championship Game at Madison Square Garden which Duke won, 68-59.