UConn’s non-conference schedule is about to take a little more shape. An agreement is in place for the Huskies to open next season against Maryland at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, as first reported Friday night by the Washington Post, citing “a individual with knowledge of the negotiations.”
I’m told there isn’t a signed contract yet, so UConn will not speak to it, but that’s likely just a matter of time. The game would be Nov. 8, and part of Maryland’s multi-year deal with the Barclay’s Center to play games there.
This is a great fit for UConn. It gives them a power-conference opponent without a home-and-home commitment, the neutral venue close enough for thousands of Huskies fans to get there. And it gives the program exposure in New York City in the wake of the end of the Big East Tournament. UConn will have three New York-area players next year, Omar Calhoun, Terrence Samuel and Kentan Facey, and they are targeting at least one New Yorker, guard Khadeen Carrington, from the Class oc 2014.
… So we know that UConn will play Maryland in Brooklyn on Nov. 8, and some combination of Boston College, Washington and Indiana in the Y2K Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21 and 22. The Huskies will have two home games as part of the Y2K, but the opponents and format are yet to be announced.
Their commitment in the conference-to-be-named-later, in which they will be one of 10 teams next season, will included home-and-home dates against their other nine. That means two games each against Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis, along with Maryland and possibly Indiana, there will be plenty of opportunities for quality wins.
And there figures to be more to come, as UConn needs to scheule up as much as possible.