UConn to open vs. Maryland at Barclays

As reported last week by The Washington Post, UConn and Maryland will open next season against one another Nov. 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to open our basketball season at Barclays Center against Maryland,” UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel said in a release. “We have a large and passionate fan base in and around New York City that has demonstrated a consistently high level of support to our men’s basketball team. We look forward to this opportunity to play against one of the top programs in the nation at a world-class facility, while showcasing our team and the passion of Husky Nation.”

It’s a strong scheduling move for the Huskies, who will need to “schedule up” in the non-conference as they begin a stint in the watered-down old Big East (still in search of a name).

Maryland (25-12) will likely return four of five starters. Sophomore center Alex Len is widely projected as a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

UConn (20-10) may return all five starters. Shabazz Napier, a first team All-Big East pick, has not yet announced his plans for next season.