ESPN just sent out a news release including a couple of photos of Ramstein Air Base in Germany. UConn and Michigan State will play there Nov. 9 in what is being called the Armed Forces Classic.
The first picture is of the hangar the teams will play in, which usually houses a C-5 transport and for these purposes will seat about 3,500 fans. The other picture is the welcome sign for the base.
UConn, of course, has three German players on its roster in Niels Giffey, Enosch Wolf and Leon Tolksdorf.
“We at the University of Connecticut are honored and humbled to be asked to participate in such a terrific event as the first Armed Forces Classic,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in the release. “Being able to travel overseas and play for the brave men and women in our military to whom we owe so much is an unbelievable opportunity for our basketball program and we are extremely thankful to ESPN for including us. The fact that the game will be played at Ramstein Air Base in Germany makes it more exciting for our team, since our roster includes three young men who are German citizens, but all our student-athletes are looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“On a personal note, I couldn’t be more proud and honored that my first game as UConn’s head coach will be in the Armed Forces Classic against an outstanding program like Michigan State. I know that Coach (Jim) Calhoun had a great relationship with Coach (Tom) Izzo, which I hope to continue in the future. I am grateful to have such an inspiring way to begin my career.”