Duke will face the defending national champion Huskies on Dec. 18, 2014, at the IZOD Center, which is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J., it was announced Monday.
“We are very much looking forward to playing against Duke at the IZOD Center this December,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement. “Our series against Duke includes some of the most exciting and most meaningful games in UConn basketball history and we have the utmost respect for Coach Krzyzewski and his program. Plus, it will be wonderful to return to the IZOD Center, where UConn has a long history. It not only gives our fans in the New York-New Jersey area a chance to watch us play, but is close enough to allow our great fans from Connecticut to come and support us.”
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski echoed similar sentiments.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to play Connecticut at the IZOD Center next season," Coach K said. "We have a strong fan base in the New York/New Jersey area and I am sure Connecticut will have great fan support as well. It is always special to play in front of terrific crowds and it should be an outstanding game between two talented teams. Connecticut is obviously coming off a championship season and has excellent personnel returning. Coach Ollie has done a terrific job running the program and we look forward to the challenge."
More details via the press release:
UConn and Duke have met just nine times on the basketball court with Duke leading the series 5-4, but the Huskies have won four of the last five. One of their most memorable games took place at the Meadowlands in the 1990 NCAA East Regional Final with Duke winning 79-78 in overtime. UConn defeated Duke, 77-74, to capture the 1999 National Championship and the Huskies nipped the Blue Devils, 79-78, in the 2004 National Semifinals on their way to their second national crown. ... The Blue Devils are 20-1 all-time (10-0 in NCAA Tournament games) at the Meadowlands, while UConn is 12-8 at the venue, 1-1 in the 1990 NCAA East Regional and 11-7 vs. former Big East rival Seton Hall.
The two teams last met in the 2009 NIT Tip-Off Championship Game, which took place at Madison Square Garden. Duke won, 68-59.
This season's game is set to tip off at 8 p.m. ET.