Fri November 9, 2012
UK, IU Begin Basketball Seasons Tonight
A new college basketball season is upon us, and it is a busy opening night. Fifteen of the AP's preseason Top 25 teams are slated to take the court. There's a game at a Europe military base, two more aboard Navy ships and another featuring a reshaped national champion playing in a brand new building.
No. 14 Michigan State plays Connecticut at Ramstein Air Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany. It's the Huskies' first game since the retirement of coach Jim Calhoun and it marks the first game between Division I teams held in Europe.
Then it's on to the decks for No. 4 Ohio State against Marquette on the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., and Georgetown facing No. 10 Florida on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla.
No. 3 Kentucky, the defending national champion with a heralded freshman class, plays Maryland in the first college doubleheader at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Top-ranked Indiana opens at home against Bryant.
The second-ranked Louisville Cards begin their regular season Sunday against Manhattan.