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TheOpenThread: First night, UConn's championship defense starts now

One shining moment indeed. But that was in April, now, six months later, UConn is still the national champion, but it's time to defend the title. After the best single season in UConn history, Kemba Walker is gone, but Jeremy, Alex, Roscoe and SHABAZZ~! are still here. They've also got some new playmates in Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels. Oh, and there is this one other guy you may have heard of, Andre Drummond.

The point is that this team has the potential to be good. Very, very, very good, and it starts tonight at Gampel Pavilion. There won't be a lot to take away from tonight's 3-point and dunk contests, but it's nice to know they are there and that finally, after six long months of misery, basketball is back.

First night starts at 7 p.m. and you'll be able to get full coverage on ESPN3. ESPNU is apparently broadcasting portions of it throughout the night, but other schools are mixed in, so ESPN3 is your best bet. Join us in the comments. Go Huskies.