Connecticut should be the favorite coming into this game since it is the ranked opponent and all, but it goes beyond that.
The Huskies have one of the best backcourts in college hoops, which consists of three players who averaged 11+ points per game last season. Shabazz Napier leads the pack. He averaged 17.1 points per game last season.
There is no questioning how good of a backcourt Connecticut has. However, the frontcourt is a different story. That is where DeAndre Daniels has to step up. He averaged 12.1 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. Grabbing more boards in the 2013-14 season will be a must.
Regardless, Connecticut will be going up against a Maryland team that lost some talent. The most notable player no longer on the team is Alex Len. This is good news for the Huskies because Len would have dominated the paint on both ends of the court.
The team will still have to worry about players like Dez Wells, who is the best player on the team and a very underrated one at that. Wells averaged 13.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and three assists per game last season. It was his first season with the Terrapins. He previously played for Xavier.
Maryland has a pretty solid backcourt in its own right, so it will be great to see these two backcourts going head-to-head.
Both teams have enough talent to make the dance, but I like Connecticut in this one. It really does have one of the most talented backcourts in the nation and it actually produces on the court.
The Terps will be a tough opponent to say the least and Connecticut will be challenged in its first game of the season. It may be the first game, but a win for either team could go a long ways.