UConn preps for tourney tilt against Iowa State

NEW YORK CITY, New York (WTNH) — Kevin Ollie wants you on a westbound train tomorrow.

“Hopefully, Connecticut will be there in full force,” the University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach said of an NCAA tournament tilt Friday against Iowa State (7:27 p.m. tip-off on TBS). “Hopefully, those trains from New Haven (are) full.”

It’s been more than 50 years since Madison Square Garden hosted an NCAA tournament game. But the arena is no strange to the Huskies.

“This is our home away from home,” said junior guard Ryan Boatright. “That’s the theme around UConn.”

Madison Square Garden has been the site of the Big East Tournament for 30 years. In 2011, before the Huskies changed conferences, senior guard Kemba Walker led them on an improbable run to the national championship that first included a conference tournament win at MSG.

Now the Huskies are hoping for similar success.

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