It became official Tuesday that the Connecticut men's basketball team will start the 2013-14 season in Brooklyn, N.Y., playing Maryland at the new Barclays Center. The Huskies and Terrapins will meet Friday Nov. 8.
The season-opening pairing was reported by The Washington Post last week, but the contracts had not been finalized.
"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," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement released by UConn. "I know all our student-athletes, but especially the ones from the New York City area, are very excited about the opportunity."
There has been no formal announcement from Shabazz Napier or Ryan Boatright but there are indications the two guards will return to UConn next season rather than turn pro. If they are back, Ollie will have his top six scorers and top five rebounders back from a team that won 20 games in 2012-13.
Maryland, 25-12 this season heading into Tuesday night's NIT semifinal against Iowa, should also have a strong club in 2013-14, with all five starters and eight of the 10 players in this year's rotation expected to return.
"We're looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to play a quality opponent in Connecticut," said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. "This will be a great experience for our players and fans."
UConn and Maryland have played a total of five times, with UConn holding a 3-2 edge. Their most recent game against each other took place on March 24, 2002, at the NCAA East Regional Finals in Syracuse, which Maryland won, 90-82.
Tickets for Maryland vs. Connecticut will go on sale soon and will be available through Ticketmaster, the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, or through group sales at 800-GROUP-BK.
Tulsa added to conference roster
As reported last week, Tulsa will join UConn's yet-to-be-named future conference as a full member in 2014-15. The conference made it official Tuesday with an announcement that the Board of Directors approved Tulsa's addition by unanimous vote.
The addition of Tulsa gives the conference 11 all-sports members for 2014. Navy will join for football only in 2015, giving the conference 12 football members and the ability to stage a football championship game.
Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the Conference will consist of the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University, Tulane University and the University of Tulsa.
Tulsa competes in 18 intercollegiate sports. The football program has averaged 8.4 win over the past decade and the Golden Hurricane made eight bowl appearances over that same span.
Former Kansas All-American and NBA player Danny Manning just completed his first season as head coach of the Tulsa basketball team. The Golden Hurricane finished 17-16 and earned a berth in the College Basketball Invitational.