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It won’t be the first time Connecticut has been to AT&T Stadium, the palace built by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in 2009. With a pair of conference games in Texas against Houston on Dec. 31 and SMU on Jan. 4, Huskies coach Kevin Ollie — a big Cowboys fan — took his team to visit the gleaming complex and they received a tour.

“We spent the rest of the year just picturing [AT&T Stadium],” forward DeAndre Daniels said. “We were all talking about it last night — if we get back there how crazy it would be. Now it’s finally here and it’s a dream come true.”

And the Huskies will see a familiar foe there in the Florida Gators. The two teams waged one of the season’s great games on Dec. 2 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. There, Connecticut (29-8) handed the Gators one of their two losses on the season.

Now, after a year out of the postseason thanks to NCAA sanctions related to poor academics during the final years of former coach Jim Calhoun, Connecticut is back to a place it’s long been accustomed to.

“Last year laid the basis for this year,” Giffey said. “We didn’t have no pressure on our back. And maybe it was a good thing. … I think we became more professional about it because we understood the way we had to approach the game was different than any other team. We were not playing for a championship. We were playing for a university that gave us a scholarship, that gave us a great chance to play basketball and compete at that level.”