The three-time defending champion UConn Huskies will host Nebraska next season in Lincoln with the Cornhuskers returning the favor in 2016, according to HuskersToday.com, which reported that Nebraska coach Connie Yori released the news on Wednesday.
According to Yori, this two-game series was a request from the Huskies. UConn played in an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Elite Eight game in Lincoln in 2014 that apparently left enough of an impression on Huskies’ coach Geno Auriemma that he’s willing to come back.
After the win in the Elite Eight, he took the microphone to thank the City of Lincoln and the University of Nebraska for an “incredible experience.” Auriemma also mentioned how he had been told how amazing the facilities and the people were and that if he had anything to do with it, he and the team would be back.
Yori indicated the same thing during an interview about the two-game series. She felt Auriemma and the UConn administration walked away from Lincoln impressed with the support shown by the fans.
Also not hurting: The Huskers draw a crowd during the regular season where they averaged 5,857 per game last season, good for 11th nationally. (UConn was No. 6 with 8,216 per game.)
The UConn-Nebraska game is slated for November though a date and time have yet to be determined. The teams have faced off just once previously, back in 1997, with the Huskies winning 71-61.