UConn will be one of the teams in the 2K Sports Classic, which ends with semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden next Nov. 21 and 23, according to MSG.
Indiana, Washington and Boston College are the other teams committed, according to The Garden’s twitter feed. UConn has been penciled into this event for a while, but the Huskies’ nonconference schedule for next year cannot really be set in stone until the new league commitments are finalized. The breakup of the old Big East becoming official on Froday, perhaps next season’s schedule can start to take shape. (Here is Paul Doyle’s story, the latest on the Big East breakup)
Couple of interesting elements here. UConn has a home-and-home agreement with Washington, having played the Pacific Huskies at the XL Center this past December. If they could play in this event, the Seattle meeting could be pushed down the road a year or two.
And, of course, UConn could play former Big East rival and conference-realignment nemesis Boston College. The teams haven’t met since January 2005.
Best of all for UConn, with the loss of The Garden as its league tournament venue, the Huskies will get the chance to play at “the mecca of basketball” next year. For a program that has had a lot of success recruiting New York City players and wants to keep the pipeline open, this matters.