UConn to host Detroit, BU in 2K Sports Classic

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STORRS, Conn. (Aug. 13, 2013) — An opponent that the UConn men’s basketball team has met just once and another that has a history with UConn which dates back 83 years will be on the Huskies’ schedule in 2013-14 as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

The University of Detroit and Boston University will be UConn’s first two opponents in the Classic, visiting UConn on Nov. 14 and 17, respectively, as the entire 12-team field was announced Tuesday afternoon.

It was previously announced that UConn will meet Boston College, while Indiana will challenge Washington in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The third-place and championship games will be held Friday night, Nov. 22, at Madison Square Garden.

Detroit and UConn will meet on Thursday, Nov. 14, at either Gampel Pavilion or the XL Center, with a starting time and television coverage to be determined. The teams have only met once before, with Detroit defeating UConn, 67-61, at Gampel Pavilion on March 18, 2001, in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Titans are coming off a 20-13 record and an NIT berth last season. They return two starters, led by guard Jason Calliste.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Huskies will play host to Boston University, also with the venue and starting time to be determined. That game will be televised by ESPNU. In contrast to its history with Detroit, UConn has played Boston University, a former Yankee Conference colleague, 53 times, with UConn holding a 41-12 edge, in a series that dates back to the 1930-31 season. The teams have only played once in the last 16 years, however, a 92-64 UConn win on Dec. 2, 2009, in Hartford.

The Terriers have high expectations for 2013-14, with all five starters and their top seven scorers returning from last season’s 17-13 team. Guard D.J. Irving was a first team all-conference selection, while swingman Dom Morris was a third-team pick.

Regardless of the outcome of the two games, UConn will move on to Madison Square Garden the following week. The Huskies will take on Boston College on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., with Indiana and Washington meeting in the second half of the doubleheader. Both games will be televised by ESPN2.

On the following night, the consolation game will begin at 5 p.m. (ESPNU), with the championship game immediately afterward (ESPN2).

The remainder of the field for the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project includes Toledo and Florida Atlantic at the Boston College regional, LIU Brooklyn and Stony Brook at the Indiana regional, and UC Irvine and Eastern Washington at the Washington regional.

Tickets for the championship round games in Madison Square Garden are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 866-448-7849 or through Ticketmaster.com.

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