EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Duke Blue Devils knew they would take on the Connecticut Huskies in mens basketball next season, they just didnt know when.
Monday it was announced the teams would play at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Blue Devils, coming off a 26-9 season, and reigning national champion Huskies have met just nine times, with Duke leading the series 5-4. Connecticut, however, has won four of the past five. One of their most memorable games took place at the Meadowlands during the 1990 NCAA East Regional final with Duke winning 79-78 in overtime. They last met during the 2009 NIT Tip-Off championship game at New Yorks Madison Square Garden, which Duke won 68-59.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets will be available at the IZOD Center box office beginning at 11 a.m. Monday. For more information, visit izodcenter.com.
East Carolina: Coach Rob Donnenwirth announced the teams schedule for next season, its first in the American Athletic Conference.
The Pirates will play 10 nonconference matches, starting with an Aug. 22 visit South Carolina. East Carolina also will host Virginia Tech of the ACC on Sept. 14.
N.C. Central: Athlon Sports has named Adrian Wilkins to its preseason 2014 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team as a first-team punt returner. Wilkins was the only player the FCS with five special teams return touchdowns last season with three on kickoff returns and two punt returns.
Durham Sports Club: Former East Carolina football coach Steve Logan will be the guest speaker at noon Wednesday when the Durham Sports Club meets at Croasdaile Country Club. Meetings are open to the public for a fee or $25, which includes lunch.