UConn hoops clutters the rafters tonight

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn has more to celebrate than most during the annual First Night festivities marking the start of the new basketball season.

The Huskies on Friday dedicated their new $40 million basketball practice facility, the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center, before hanging two new championship banners (actually large plaques) next door inside Gampel Pavilion.

Fans began lining up early Friday afternoon for an evening autograph session with both national championship teams.

That was to be followed by a scrimmage between teams made up of both men and women’s players, one led by coaches Kevin Ollie and the other by Geno Auriemma.

The First Night celebration used to be held on the first day teams were allowed to practice. But recent rule changes have led to staggered starts across the country. The UConn men’s team has already held seven practices. The women began practicing on Wednesday.

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The UConn basketball season tips off tonight with #UConnFirstNight! Don’t miss our special recognition of all 13 men’s and women’s basketball national championships. Details about the event are available at: http://bit.ly/1rMMb7h

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