Villanova, Florida highlight UConn men's basketball's non-conference schedule

Published on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:02
Written by NEILL OSTROUT

JOURNAL INQUIRER

Games against two possible national title contenders highlight the UConn men’s basketball 2019-20 non-conference schedule un-veiled this week.

Matchups with Florida and Villanova, the former here in Connecticut Nov. 17, are the marquee games.

UConn is 3-1 all-time against Florida, with the last meeting Jan, 3, 2015 in Gainesville, a 63-59 UConn win.

That came the season after the Huskies handed the Gators two of their losses in a 36-3 season, including a 63-53 UConn win in the national semifinals in the Huskies’ run to their fourth national title.

Coach Dan Hurley’s second season in Storrs will also feature a trip to Charleston, South Carolina Nov. 21-24 for three games as part of the Charleston Classic, which could see UConn facing Florida or St. Joseph’s (Pa.) for the second time in a month.

The Huskies will open against Buffalo, then play Xavier or Towson. The last opponent could be the Gators, Hawks, Missouri State or Miami.

The Huskies face Villanova, their former and future Big East rival, for a third straight season, this time Jan. 18 in Philadelphia.

It will be UConn’s first game at Wells Fargo Arena since a memorable meeting Feb. 20, 2012, when a long 3-pointer late in overtime by Shabazz Napier helped UConn escape with 73-70 victory.

UConn will play in Madison Square Garden for a fourth straight season, taking on Indiana Dec. 10 as part of the Jimmy V Classic, with Texas Tech-Louisville the othermatchup.

The regular season opener is Nov. 8 against Sacred Heart, just the second meeting in the last 13 years between the in-state foes.

UConn’s home game against St. Joseph’s on Nov. 13 is the teams’ first meeting since the Huskies 89-81 overtime victory in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Huskies could easily have lost to St. Joseph’s if not for freshman center Amida Brimah’s heroics in the final seconds of regulation.

There are a few new faces on the schedule, including a first matchup with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the first meeting with St. Peter’s since Feb. 3, 1987.

The 13 non-conference games announced Monday complement UConn’s 18-game American Athletic Conference slate. The Huskies’ conference opponents were previously announced, though the dates of those matchups have yet to be fixed.

In what will be its final AAC season, UConn will play home-and-home series with Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa. It will play road games only against East Carolina and SMU, while playing home games only against Wichita State and Central Florida.

The dates of the conference games will be announced at a later date, likely in early September. The location for the home games, in Storrs or Hartford, as well as the start times will also be announced later.



Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:02. Updated: Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:05.