Here’s a little more on UConn’s 2013-14 schedule …
Boston University and the University of Detroit will be the two more non-conference games on UConn’s the Huskies’ 2013-14 schedule. They will come to Gampel to play the Huskies in the preliminary rounds of the 2K Classic in mid-November.
Win or lose, UConn will move on to Madison Square Garden to play BC on Nov. 21, and either Indiana or Washington on the 22nd.
Detroit, you may recall, was coached with distinction by Dick Vitale in the 1970s. The Titans, who play in the Horizon League, were 20-13 last season, which ended with a loss to Arizona State in the NIT. BU was 17-13, losing to Loyola (Md.) in the Collegeinsider.com tournament.
Other out-of-conference games we know about are Maryland, at Brooklyn, on Nov. 8, Yale at either Gampel or XL on Nov. 11, Florida at Gampel or XL on Dec. 2, Stanford is coming to Gampel – at least, according to the Cardinal schedule on its website – on Dec. 18, and Eastern Washington, at XL or Gampel on Dec. 28.
Harvard is also coming to UConn at some point before the AAC schedule begins. There will be a total of 13 non-conference games.
I am told it is not yet certain that UConn will go to Seattle to complete its home-and-home agreement this season. It is probable, because there’s a desire to complete the series, but UConn higher-ups are not crazy about possibly playing Washington, or any non-conference opponent, twice. That could happen if UConn and Washington meet up in the 2K.
Kevin Ollie, who played in the Travelers’ Pro Am, says he feels UConn’s schedule will get its RPI up to about where it was playing in the old Big East, which is the goal of assembling such a challenging non-conference slate. It will need to be even better next year, with Louisville leaving the AAC.