As the UConn men’s basketball season nears, and its schedule takes shape, it’s clear the Huskies will have a challenging slate of games — and the opportunity to build a resume.
The American Athletic Conference announced its home/road opponents for 2018-19, which can be trickier since Wichita State joined the conference as an 11th team. The Huskies will play Cincinnati, Wichita State, Central Florida, East Carolina, South Florida, Southern Methodist and Temple both home and away. Cincinnati is the defending conference champ, Wichita State the runner-up.
UConn will play Houston and Tulane once each, at home, and play Memphis and Tulsa once each, on the road.
Cincinnati, Wichita State and Houston all made the NCAA Tournament last season, and are contenders to get there again. In five years in the AAC, UConn has never won at Tulsa, Cincinnati or SMU, and lost its one game at Wichita State last season. Against those four teams and Houston, the Huskies are 1-18 on the road in American games, so there is not far to look to find opportunity for improvement in Dan Hurley’s first season as coach. UConn has never been seeded higher than fourth in an AAC Tournament.
The dates and times of the games, and which games will be played at Gampel or the XL Center, will be determined later this summer.
As the conference schedule offers five NCAA Tournament teams from last season, the Huskies’ nonconference schedule will offer several more, including Villanova, the defending national champ, at Madison Square Garden; Syracuse and either Oregon or Iowa in the 2K Classic, also at the Garden; Florida State in the Never Forget Games in Newark; and Arizona at home.
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