With an eye toward padding a resume that could be light on heavyweights in conference play this season, the UConn men’s basketball team has decided to try and run quite the gauntlet when it steps out of conference.
The school announced the 12-game, non-conference portion of its schedule Monday, and it features a number of games against the nation’s premier programs.
UConn officially begins the defense of its 2014 national championship on Nov. 14 against Bryant University.
After that initial contest, UConn will head for San Juan and the Puerto Rico Tip-off. The Huskies begin play in that event Nov. 20 against the College of Charleston, and face either Dayton or Texas A&M the following day.
The pre-exam schedule is no picnic, with a visit from Texas Nov. 30 highlighting that portion. Not long after the semester ends, UConn will square off with Duke for the first time in five years. The Huskies and Blue Devils will meet Dec. 18 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Even after beginning their American Athletic Conference slate _ expect UConn to have a game just before or just after the new year _ the Huskies will still have a pair of challenging non-league games to go. They travel to Florida to take on the Gators Jan. 3, and travel across the country to visit Stanford Jan. 17.
The Huskies also have a pair of exhibitions scheduled against Division II opponents: Nov. 4 against Southern Connecticut State, and Nov. 9 against Assumption.
The team’s full schedule, along with the venues for each game, will be announced in the next few weeks.
Here’s the list:
2014-14 UConn Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 4 Southern Connecticut State (exhibition)
Nov. 9 Assumption College (exhibition)
Nov. 14 Bryant
Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Nov. 20 vs. College of Charleston
Nov. 21 vs. Dayton/Texas A&M
Nov. 23 vs. TBD
Nov. 30 Texas
Dec. 5 Yale
Dec. 14 Coppin State
Dec. 18 vs. Duke
Dec. 22 Columbia
Dec. 28 Central Connecticut State
Jan. 3 at Florida
Jan. 17 at Stanford