Tuesday, October 29, 2013

UConn Kicks Off Exhibition Schedule Wednesday vs. Southern Connecticut State

The last time UConn played an exhibition game on the night of a potential World Series clincher (at least one involving local teams), was in 2009 against UMass-Lowell, on the night of Game 6 between the Yankees and Phillies. Pedro Martinez was on the mound that night for Philly, and as Jim Calhoun finished his postgame presser, he left the podium with the words, "Let's hope that Pedro wins, for the Red Sox."

Didn't happen, as we know.

On Wednesday night, UConn faces Southern Connecticut in its exhibition opener at 7 p.m. at Gampel. Of course, the Red Sox will be looking to clinch the World Series at Fenway Park in Game 6 against the Cardinals, starting about an hour later. I doubt Kevin Ollie has much of an interest either way (I've heard he's a Dodgers fan).

Anyway, the World Series will have an effect on UConn's game: WTIC 1080 will not carry the Huskies, but rather the Red Sox. However, you can find the UConn game on WTIC 96.5. FM It'll also be available on WILI-1400 (though for only the first hour, before switching to the World Series), as well as the SCSU broadcast.

As for the hoops, this will mark just the second time UConn and SCSU ever meet. The first time ended rather favorably in UConn's favor: 100-37 on Dec. 23, 1989, behind Chris Smith's 20 points in the penultimate game at the old Storrs Field House.

We all know what happened later in that "Dream Season" for UConn.

The Huskies are 45-6 all-time in exhibition games over the last 27 years and have won 38 straight, dating back to a loss to Marathon Oil on Nov. 21, 1993 at Gampel.

We'll have some notes and quotes after talking to Ollie and some players in a short while.

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