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Just in from UConn:

The UConn men’s basketball team will play 15 home games during the 2014-15 regular season, bringing national powers Texas and Memphis to Gampel Pavilion in Storrs and Cincinnati and SMU to the XL Center in Hartford.

The 2014 National Champion Huskies will play seven home games on campus at Gampel Pavilion and seven home games at the XL Center, as well as an exhibition game at each venue. In addition, UConn will return to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport for the second straight season to play one home game.

The home schedule will begin at Gampel with an exhibition game against Southern Connecticut on Nov. 4, followed by a second exhibition game on Nov. 9 against Assumption College at the XL Center. The first regular-season game is slated for Gampel Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 14, against Bryant University.

Texas will visit Gampel Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 30, marking the Longhorns’ first trip to Storrs since Jan. 23, 2010, when they were ranked No. 1 in the country, only to be upset by the Huskies, 88-74. Memphis comes to Gampel for an American Athletic Conference faceoff on March 5, UConn’s final home game of the regular season.

American power Cincinnati will be at the XL Center to face the Huskies on Saturday, Jan. 10, while SMU makes its first-ever appearance in the XL Center on Sunday, March 1. UConn will also have a New Year’s Eve game at the XL Center, facing AAC opponent Temple at a time to be determined.

UConn, which defeated Eastern Washington at Webster Bank Arena last year, will play host to Columbia this season in Bridgeport on Dec. 22.

The American Athletic Conference Championship will be held at the XL Center from March 12-15.

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About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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