UConn-Marlyand Opener To Tip Off at 6:30 p.m.

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The UConn men officially begin their second season under Kevin Ollie on Friday, Nov.8 against the Maryland Terrapins at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. And thanks an announcement from the University, Huskies' fans will be able to watch the inaugural game of the 2013-14 basketball season, as well as the UConn football team's matchup with Louisville later that night.

First, the details from UConn:

STORRS (July 26, 2013) — The University of Connecticut, in conjunction with  Barclays Center, the University of Maryland, the University of Louisville, and ESPN, has announced the starting times of two major sporting events taking place on the same night this fall.

On Friday, Nov. 8, the Huskies will open their 2013-14 men’s basketball season against Maryland at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2. It will be the first meeting between the nationally-known hoop programs since March, 24, 2002, when they battled in the NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinals.

Immediately following that game, at a starting time of 8:30 p.m., the UConn football team will entertain Louisville in an American Athletic Conference game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. That game will also be televised on ESPN2.

Tickets for the UConn vs. Maryland college basketball game at Barclays Center are on sale now and available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Group tickets are also available by calling 800-GROUP-BK.

The Louisville game will be the eighth of the season for Paul Pasqualoni's squad. And by that time, we should have a good sense for what the 2013 Huskies football team is all about. After back-to-back 5-7 seasons, UConn will need an impressive showing in their first year in the American Athletic Conference, or it's reasonable to think that Pasqualoni could be out of a job at the end of the season.

Ollie's group, meanwhile, are coming off a 20-win season, even after facing NCAA sanctions that kept them from last season's Big East and NCAA Tournaments, and losing five players from the 2011-12 squad.

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