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The Dan Hurley era will get its start on Nov. 8, when UConn opens the men’s basketball season against Morehead State.

That game will be one of four the Huskies will play as part of the 2K Classic, which culminates at Madison Square Garden, and it is the first of the nonconference games released on Thursday. Still to be determined is which games will be played at Gampel Pavilion and which at the XL Center, and the start times.

There is no exotic Thanksgiving week trip this season. The nonconference schedule fits in with UConn’s goal of playing a strong schedule without adding much to the travel burdens of the American Athletic Conference, as games in New York against Villanova, Syracuse and either Oregon or Iowa and a game against Florida State in Newark, N.J., will provide ample challenges close to home. The Huskies will not need to get on a plane until conference play begins, after Christmas.

After playing Morehead State, UConn will face Missouri-Kansas City on Nov. 11, then move on to New York to play Syracuse at the Garden on Nov, 15. Next would be either Oregon or Iowa on Nov 16, finishing the 2K, which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.

The month of November ends with three home games against mid-major opponents: Cornell on Nov. 20, New Hampshire on Nov. 24 and UMass Lowell on Nov 27.

On Dec. 2, the Huskies play Arizona, likely at the XL Center, completing the home-and-home series that began at Arizona last season. UConn plays Lafayette at home on Dec. 5.

The next trip is to Newark, N.J., for the Never Forget Tribute Classic. UConn plays Florida State at the Prudential Center on Dec. 8. The event benefits the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund for children of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Hurley, UConn’s new coach, is from Jersey City.

UConn plays Manhattan (Dec. 15) and Drexel (Dec.18) at home, then finishes its out-of-conference slate with a rematch against defending national champion Villanova at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22, the second game in a three-year agreement with Villanova that began in Hartford last season and concludes in Philadelphia next season.

In the conference, UConn will play Central Florida, Cincinnati, East Carolina, South Florida, Southern Methodist, Temple and Wichita State both home and away, at home against Houston and Tulane, and on the road at Memphis and Tulsa.

UConn men’s and women’s basketball season tickets are now on sale, men’s season tickets starting at $135. Call the UConn ticket office at 1-877-AT-UCONN for more information. The ticket office at 2111 Hillside Road, Storrs, is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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UConn Men’s Basketball Nonconference Schedule

NOVEMBER

Thursday, 8 – Morehead State (2K Classic)

Sunday, 11 – UMKC (2K Classic)

Thursday, 15 – vs. Syracuse (2K Classic at MSG)

Friday, 16 – vs. Oregon / Iowa (2K Classic at MSG)

Tuesday, 20 – Cornell

Saturday, 24 – New Hampshire

Tuesday, 27 – UMass Lowell

DECEMBER

Sunday, 2 – Arizona

Wednesday, 5 – Lafayette

Saturday, 8 – Florida State (Never Forget Tribute at Prudential Center)

Saturday, 15 – Manhattan

Tuesday, 18 – Drexel

Saturday, 22 – vs. Villanova (MSG)

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