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Pregame Notes: Merrimack at UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Merrimack men’s basketball team opens the season tonight at the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies are 0-1 on the preseason, falling to Providence last week at Mohegan Sun Arena.

— Five Merrimack freshmen could make their debuts tonight. Kahlief Crawford is a 6-1 guard from Linden, N.J. Trevor Lynch is a 6-2 guard from Cathedral High School in Boston and Devin Johnson is a 6-5 guard from Manasquan in New Jersey, and he can also play forward.

Along with Johnson up front, the Warriors are also adding 6-9 center Michael Mahoney from Braintree, Mass. and 6-4 forward David Giulani, who played his high school basketball in the Philadelphia area. Mahoney is the biggest player on the roster.

— Merrimack finished 19-12 last season, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament. UConn finished last season 16-17, with a 9-9 record in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies advanced to the AAC semifinals, losing to Cincinnati.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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