GAME NOTES: Brooklyn is the backdrop for an intriguing season-opening clash, as the 18th-ranked Connecticut Huskies and Maryland Terrapins meet at the Barclays Center to tip off the 2013-14 campaign.
Kevin Ollie is in his second season at the helm of Connecticut and enters off a strong debut, as the Huskies went 20-10 in 2012-13. The 20 wins were the most by any first-year coach in UConn history. Now in the American Athletic Conference, Connecticut hopes to take the next step under Ollie and with a core of veterans led by All-American candidate Shabazz Napier, the sky is the limit in Storrs this season.
Mark Turgeon's third season in College Park could be his best to date. That is certainly encouraging for a team that won 25 games a year ago and advanced to the semifinals of the NIT. Problems for Maryland however, arose in conference play, as they were just 8-10 against the rest of the ACC, plagued by inconsistent play. This will be the last season in the ACC for Maryland, which will make the move to the Big Ten next year.
This marks the sixth all-time meeting between these two squads. The Huskies own a 3-2 series advantage, but Maryland won the last meeting, a memorable 90-82 shootout in the 2002 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
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