UConn signed its contract Tuesday and formalized its agreement to play Maryland in the 2013-14 season opener at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 8, a Friday night.
Statement from Kevin Ollie:
“We are looking forward to opening our 2013-14 basketball season in such a wonderful way, playing a great program like Maryland in a beautiful facility like Barclays Center. I know all our student-athletes, but especially the ones from the New York City area, are very excited about the opportunity.”
Statement from Maryland coach Mark Turgeon:
“We’re looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to play a quality opponent in Connecticut. This will be a great experience for our players and fans.”
Statement from Warde Manuel
“We couldn’t be more pleased to open our basketball season at Barclays Center against Maryland. We have a large and passionate fan base in and around New York City that has demonstrated a consistently high level of support to our men’s basketball team. We look forward to this opportunity to play against one of the top programs in the nation at a world-class facility, while showcasing our team and the passion of Husky Nation.”
Maryland and UConn have played five times, the Huskies winning three. Their most recent meeting was in the NCAA Tournament, East Regional Finals on March 24, 2002, and Maryland won 90-82. The Terps were 25-12 heading into their NIT semifinal vs. Iowa and return a strong cast next year, as UConn figures to so the same.
Ticket info via UConn:
Tickets for the game will go on sale soon and will be available through Ticketmaster, by visiting The Barclay’s Center Box office, click here, os Ticketmaster, click here, or by calling 1- 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, or through group sales 800-GROUP-BK.
The agreement to play this game was first reported by the Washington Post. As we noted here the other day, this is a great fit for UConn, which hopes to continue its recruiting success in New York City and needs to stay visible there.