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'First Night' Set for Oct. 17

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    NEWSLETTERS

    UConn's defending national champion men's and women's basketball teams officially begin their title defenses Friday, Oct. 17 with "First Night," which will take place at Gampel Pavilion from 7-8:15 p.m.

    More details from the school's press release:

    This year’s show will once again be headlined by an inter-squad scrimmage with one team coached by head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and the other coached by head men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie. The night will feature many other highlights, including a 3-point shooting contest, performances by the Pep Band, prize giveaways, special recognition of all 13 men’s and women’s basketball national championships, and the unveiling of the 2014 National Championship banners.

    2014 First Night will be broadcast in its entirety on ESPN3 while ESPNU will broadcast parts of the night’s festivities from Storrs, Arizona, Kentucky, Florida, Gonzaga and San Diego State.

    3 p.m. – Fan Fest on Fairfield Way
    5 p.m. – Doors Open
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 PM– Autograph Session
    6 p.m. – Pre-event begins
    7 p.m. – Showtime

    The men's team opens its season Nov. 14 against Bryant University and that same night the women are at UC Davis for their opener.