Stanford and UConn, currently the top two teams in the Associated Press Top 25, will meet Dec. 29 at Palo Alto. It was to have been the final game in the latest series between the teams.
But the schools announced during Wednesday’s game that they will play for at least two more seasons, beginning next year in Connecticut. And next year’s game will open the 2013-14 season for UConn on Nov. 10, 2013.
Geno Auriemma seemed surprised the news came out.
“How many years? Just two,” he said. “And where are we playing [next season]? Here? We’re opening with Stanford next season? Who’s idea was that?
“I’ve always thought that we would play them for as long as they want to play us. I might even ask them if they want to play us home-and-home every year. The way schools are moving, you if you just played non-conference games, you could play in just about every conference in the country if you want to. As long as Stanford wants to play us, we will play them. I have a lot of respect for the university. The coaching staff is comprised of great people and the kids they recruit are the same. I’m thrilled that it’s done.”
The programs have played each other seven times since 2007, three times in the Final Four