Maryland set for Brooklyn battle with UConn

Maryland set for Brooklyn battle with UConn
July 26, 2013, 4:30 pm
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We've known for months that Maryland would open its season against Connecticut in Brooklyn this fall, but now we've been provided with some details.

According to a release from the Maryland athletic department via Twitter, the Terps will face the Huskies on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Barclays Center to begin their 2013-14 campaign. The game will air on ESPN2.

Maryland began last season with a game at Barclays vs. Kentucky, a marquee matchup between two future lottery picks, Nerlens Noel and Alex Len.

This season will have a different feel without Len, now making it a matchup between two teams both in the midst of conference realignment.

Coach Kevin Ollie and UConn will bring a rebranded program to Barclays on Nov. 8, a team that is back to being eligible for the NCAA tournament. In Ollie's first season at the helm in 2012-13, the Huskies were barred from postseason play for achieving a non-qualifying Academic Progress Rate.

Ollie weathered a storm of transfers and defections, along with the departure of longtime head coach Jim Calhoun, and now is the head of a team that is stronger as it enters the new American Athletic Conference.

The November matchup will mark the first meeting between the two programs since March of 2002, when Maryland beat Connecticut in the NCAA East Regional Finals. 

As for Maryland, coach Mark Turgeon and staff are rounding out the July live recruiting period this week before preparing for an exhibition trip to the Bahamas from Aug. 6-11.