Looking At UConn’s Non-Conference Schedule

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It’s wall-to-wall football today, with the AAC Media Day underway, so it will be a little while yet before league basketball schedules come out. But UConn has posted some information for season-ticket holders, and games are appearing on opponents’ schedules, so let’s piece together the defending champs’ non-league schedule for 2014-15, keeping in mind there might not yet be signed contracts for all of these games and dates:

 

Nov. 14 – Bryant

Nov. 20, 21, 23 – Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Boston College, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico, Texas A&M, West Virginia, College of Charleston)

Nov. 30 – Texas

Dec. 5 – Yale

Dec. 14 – Coppin State

Dec. 18 – Duke (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Dec. 22 – Columbia

Dec. 28 – CCSU

Jan. 2 – at Florida

Jan. 17 – at Stanford

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First thing one would notice, with Coppin State and Columbia completing the slate, is that the home portion of the non-conference schedule is less than awe-inspiring, with Texas, a Sunday noon game just after Thanksgiving, the highlight. The Duke game, a great get for UConn, is a neutral-site game at Izod Center, a reasonable drive from Connecticut. With Stanford and Florida having come to Connecticut last season, the Huskies must now go on the road – and this is the tough part of scheduling high majors; it means playing home and away.

UConn has been discussing games with former Big East rivals, like Georgetown, Syracuse, Villanova, et al, but none of that worked out for this season. … Down the road.

UConn would like to extend its series with Florida.

Hartford wanted to play UConn, but things didn’t match up on UConn’s end.

The game at Stanford proved to be the trickiest part of the schedule. It was originally to be before Christmas, but when the opportunity to play Duke came up, UConn asked to postpone its trip to Palo Alto for a year. Stanford was willing – until UConn won the national title. A home game against the defending champs was too good to let pass, so Stanford wanted to keep the game in 2014-15. The AAC was amenable to giving UConn time to play the game during the midst of conference play in mid-January, Stanford and the Pac 12 agreed, and so the Huskies were able to fit both Duke and Stanford in, along with Texas, Florida and the potentially strong opponents in Puerto Rico. It makes for a good out-of-conference schedule overall, with comfortable spacing between games. … But it did not help the home slate.

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