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Sunday, November 01, 2015

New opponent in UConn's preseason opener

As tends to be the case these days, news of Lubbock Christian facing UConn in an exhibition game was posted on Twitter before official news of the agreement surfaced.

In the last five seasons UConn's preseason opponents have been from New England, the tri-state area or from Pennsylvania so I asked Geno Auriemma after Thursday's practice why Lubbock Christian was the opponent in tomorrow 7 p.m. tilt at the XL Center.

"We have no shortage of people who contact us and want to play so that is how it happen so people contact us and say 'we want to play,'" Auriemma said. "I don't know, I just know of them and the success that they have had. Generally I run into people in the summer and they say 'can we play an exhibition game against you guys' so they call and that is how we get them on. This one just came about. You have to go around looking for really good Division II schools and they are one of the better ones so it should be good."

Auriemma has no connections with the school or program like he does with the second preseason opponent as Vanguard University is coached by one of Auriemma's friends Russ Davis, who is a well-represented figure in the AAU circles as well as the former AAU coach of current UConn freshman Katie Lou Samuelson. The only real connection I could find is that Moriah Jefferson's THESA Riders team won the 2012 Texas Home School Tournament beating a Lubbock Titans team featuring current Lubbock Christian players Claire Bruffey, Tess Bruffey and Hannah Harbin.
Lubbock Christian defeated NAIA Division II Fisher 119-40 in a game in Boston yesterday.

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