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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

UConn venturing into new territory

With all due respect to Cincinnati, which played UConn eight times from 2006-13 as Big East foes, it just didn’t feel like the Huskies were in a new league when they hosted Cincinnati on Sunday.

However, there will be a sense of the unknown when UConn plays at Central Florida on Wednesday and at Memphis on Saturday as it will be the first meeting for the Huskies against either team.

Playing their first two road American Athletic Conference games in arenas that they have never been in before will add to the sense of newness for the UConn players and coaches.

“It is exciting to go somewhere new and play people we have never played before” UConn junior forward/guard Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis said. “It is going to be interesting just because we don't know what to expect.”

While UConn has never played either Central Florida or Memphis, UConn coach Geno Auriemma is familiar with the programs and coaches.

“I know all of them and they know me and we talk about a lot of things,” Auriemma said.

“It is certainly going to be different for us as coaches and usually you know (the teams). 'Hey, who do we have? We are at Syracuse and at Pittsburgh. OK, we've got it. We know what the Carrier Dome is, we know what Pitt is, we know who their coaches are, we know what their tendencies are. Right now we don't know any of that and it is kind of exciting I think. I have never been in a lot of these gyms. I have never been in SMU's gym, Central Florida or Memphis or Houston, I am looking forward to it.”


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