UConn’s defense of its eighth women’s basketball national championship walks a new path this season with the Huskies now among the founding members of the American Athletic Conference.
And it will be a true title defense since they welcome just one new member to their regular rotation, freshman guard Saniya Chong.
The schedule includes 31-regular season games, begins Nov. 9 against Hartford and includes 18 conference games and a big non-conference matchup at home with Stanford (Nov. 11). The Huskies will also play at Maryland (Nov. 17), Penn State (Nov. 17), Duke (Dec. 17) and Baylor (Jan. 13).
UConn will play each of its nine American opponents twice, one home and once away. And the highlight of that slate will be its two matchups with Louisville, another Big East transfer, who the Huskies defeated in last season’s NCAA Championship game in New Orleans.
Just like last season, when the Huskies ended the year on the road against former Big East rival Notre Dame, they will conclude this season on March 3 at Louisville at 7 p.m.That very well may serve as a prelude to the first American tournament championship game later in March at the Mohegan Sun Arena. That tournament will he held March 7-10, 2014.
The schedule also includes non-conference home games against Hartford (Nov. 9) and Oregon (Nov. 20), a return trip to the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden against California (Dec. 22) and a game in Springfield, Mass., against Ohio State (Dec. 1).
The Huskies will be playing in Orlando, Fla., on New Year’s Day when they meet Central Florida for the first time at 4 p.m. And they will be on the road for a week in Texas from Feb. 21-25 for their games at Houston (Feb. 22) and SMU (Feb. 25).
A total of 13 regular-season games will be televised by ESPN’s family of networks (10) and CBS Sports Network (three). The remaining 18 will likely all be carried by SNY, which will begin the second year of its coverage of Huskies basketball. SNY will announce its formal schedule at a later date.
The NCAA will soon announce the sites for first- and second-round tournament games and their four regional final sites, which host the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. UConn is expected to be granted the right to host one of the rounds.
The 2014 Final Four will be playing in Nashville, Tenn.