The UConn men’s basketball team will take on the Providence Friars at Mohegan Sun Arena on October 25 to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Typically, the NCAA only allows two exhibition games, however, the teams were granted a waiver for a third as long as the proceeds go to hurricane relief. It is the third such charity game to be announced as Notre Dame will play Holy Cross and Marquette will play Milwaukee. Others are reportedly in the works around the country.
The big storyline going into the game will be Makai Ashton-Langford playing against the UConn team he decommitted from in March. Since then, fans and media on the Providence side have been pushing the idea that the Friars have surpassed the Huskies, so a victory — even in an exhibition — would be big for a PC program without any major accomplishments this century.
In all likelihood, however, both coaches will likely treat it as an exhibition game and use their entire bench as well as try out new lineups. Even so, it’ll be exciting to see the new-look Huskies for the first time against a quality opponent.
It will be the first meeting between the Huskies and Friars since 2013, when they faced off in the final game of UConn’s postseason ban year. UConn’s 63-59 overtime win that day is a fond memory for Husky fans to end what was supposed to be a dour season with 20 wins.
Tickets for this game can be purchased at Ticketmaster. Prices range from $10-$50 before fees.