UConn basketball doubleheader at XL Center: Block party, tickets, and what you need to know

Both the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams will play at the XL Center in Hartford for a doubleheader Sunday.

The women start things off at 1p.m. against No. 10 NC State, while the men will play at 5 p.m. against Delaware State.

Both games will be available on FS1. But if you do venture into Hartford for either or both games, there are things to know about the event.

First, the UConn women are hosting a food drive. Fans can donate non-perishable items at each entrance of the XL Center.

Also Sunday, the Hartford Chamber of Commerce will host a block party across from the XL Center on Pratt Street. There will be a DJ, games, drink specials and more at an event that starts at 3 p.m.

The block party will give fans somewhere to mingle between games. 

Tickets for each game are available at UConnHuskies.Evenue.net.

The men last played Delaware State was on Dec. 1, 2008, with the Huskies winning 79-49. This will be UConn's final game before the team is off to the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon Thanksgiving weekend.

Dan Hurley's team broke into the national rankings at No. 25 this week. Led by Big East Preseason Player of the Year Adama Sanogo, UConn has navigated some early-season injuries.

The women’s meeting with NC State is a rematch of a classic game. The teams battled through two overtimes in last spring's Elite Eight in Bridgeport, with UConn winning 91-87 behind Paige Bueckers' 27 points.

Of course, Bueckers will be on the bench when the teams have another meeting Connecticut. Bueckers is out for the season with an ACL injury, so she's serving a "Coach P" from Geno Auriemma's bench

The fifth-ranked Huskies are coming off a 83-76 victory against No. 3 Texas on Monday night. Azzi Fudd had 32 points and the sophomore has had an electric start, scoring 58 points across their first two games, the most in program history.

Dorka Juhasz and Aaliyah Edwards each recorded a double-double in UConn’s season opening win over Northeastern. Nika Muhl has been the Huskies primary point guard and recorded a career-high of nine assists against the Longhorns.

Sophomore Caroline Ducharme did not compete in the Huskies first game due to neck soreness, yet she saw four minutes in their matchup against Texas.