Pairings have not been officially announced for the Y2K Classic, but ESPN’s Andy Katz reports that UConn will play Boston College in one of the semifinal games at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21.
UConn, BC, Indiana and Washington are the four “host schools” of the 12-team field, and they are guaranteed games in The Garden on the 21st and 22nd, though they will also play two preliminary round games at their home sites. The remaining eight teams have not yet been announced.
If UConn plays BC on the 21st, the Huskies would then play either Indiana or Washington the next day. If UConn and Washington decide to complete their home-and-home commitment this season with a game at Seattle, it could mean they would play twice. That does not appear to be a concern.
Obviously, UConn vs. BC has a little juice to it, with acrimony between the programs since BC left the Big East. They have not played since 2005.
UConn’s other non-conference opponents include Maryland at the Barclay’s Center on Nov. 8, that’s official, a home game against Florida Dec. 2 (not yet officially announced) and home games against Stanford and Harvard and the road game at Washington, not yet official.
The new American Athletic Conference, which has 10 teams, will play an 18-game league schedule, with each team playing the other nine home and away, so UConn will play defending national champion Louisville twice in the regular season. The AAC says it won’t have “travel partners” per se, but will try to make the travel burden easier, so you could see UConn playing, for instance, at SMU and Houston on one swing.