Breaking down UConn's 2015-16 schedule
Sun., Nov. 1 Tampa (exhibition) at Gampel, 2 p.m.
Division II program whose facilities UConn borrowed prior to USF game last year
Sat., Nov. 7 New Haven (exhibition) at XL Center, 1 p.m.
Huskies will look to avenge football team’s loss to Chargers in 1992! First time programs have met in a major sport since.
Fri., Nov. 13 Maine at Gampel, 7 p.m.
Black Bears coached by former Providence assistant Bob Walsh.
Tues., Nov. 17 New Hampshire at Gampel, 7 p.m.
Wildcats may be UConn’s toughest low-major foe this season.
Sat., Nov. 21 Furman at Gampel, TBD
Clearly an excuse to get RI native, Furman grad Brad Faxon over to a UConn game. Or not. This is a Battle 4 Atlantis "subregional" game.
Wed. Nov. 25 vs. Michigan at Imperial Arena, Bahamas, 9:30 p.m.
After disappointing 2014-15, John Beilein-coached Wolverines should be tourney team again.
Thur., Nov. 26 vs. Syracuse or Charlotte at Imperial Arena, Bahamas, TBD
A date with ex-Big East rival Orange sure would be delicious.
Fri., Nov. 27 vs. TBD at Imperial Arena, Bahamas, TBD
Final game of Battle 4 Atlantis; could be first of two meetings with Texas.
Wed., Dec. 2 Sacred Heart at XL Center, 7 p.m.
Pioneers went 9-9 in Northeast Conference last season.
Tue., Dec. 8 vs. Maryland at MSG, 9:30 p.m.
The Diamond Bowl: Huskies go up vs. frosh Diamond Stone, who rejected UConn for Terps. Maryland should be a preseason national top-five team across the board.
Sat., Dec. 12 Ohio State at Gampel, noon
First of home-and-home with Buckeyes, who lost NBA lottery pick D’Angelo Russell, several others.
Sun., Dec. 20 UMass-Lowell at XL Center, 4 p.m.
Last of three America East foes on Huskies’ schedule.
Wed., Dec. 23 CCSU at XL Center, 12:30 p.m.
Huskies face former assistant Howie Dickenman’s crew for second straight season.
Tue., Dec. 29 at Texas at Erwin Center, 9 p.m.
Longhorns welcome Shaka Smart as new head coach after canning underachieving Rick Barnes; Sterling Gibbs returns to the school at which he started.
Sat., Jan. 2 at Tulane at Devin Fieldhouse, TBD
With Sugar Bowl night before, New Orleans will be hoppin’ for Huskies’ AAC season opener.
Tue., Jan 5 Temple at XL Center, 8 p.m.
Owls were NCAA tourney’s top snub last year, but won’t make as convincing a case this season.
Sat., Jan. 9 Memphis at Gampel, 7 p.m.
Austin Nichols transferred to Virginia, but Tigers welcome McD’s All-America brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson.
Thu., Jan. 14 at Tulsa at Reynolds Center, 7 p.m.
Golden Hurricane have every player back from last year’s second-place AAC squad. Literally, everyone.
Sun., Jan. 17 at Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion, 2 p.m.
Hofheinz Pavilion a house of horrors for UConn, who are 0-2 there in AAC play.
Tue., Jan. 19 Tulane at XL Center, 7 p.m.
Green Wave welcome deepest, most talented recruiting class in years.
Sat., Jan. 23 Georgetown at XL Center, noon
Bearcats have just about everyone back, including coach Mick Cronin, who missed most of last season with health issue.
Sun. Jan. 31 at Central Florida at CFE Arena, TBD
Two of AAC’s top frosh last year, B.J. Taylor, Adonys Henriquez, lead the way.
Thu., Feb. 4 at Memphis at FedExForum, 9 p.m.
Big man Shaq Goodwin played very well while Nichols was sidelined by injury last season.
Sun., Feb. 7 East Carolina at Gampel, noon
Huskies won’t visit ECU this season as part of AAC unbalanced schedule. Thank God, because last year's trip was a snowy, icy, flight-delayed nightmare. And not just for the writers.
Thu. Feb. 11 at Temple at Liacouras Center, 7 p.m.
Owls will always be dangerous as long as Fran Dunphy is their coach.
Sat., Feb. 13 Tulsa at Gampel, 8 p.m.
There aren’t many better all-around guards in league than James Woodard.
Thu., Feb. 18 SMU at XL Center, TBD
Led by reigning AAC player of year Nic Moore, Larry Brown’s Mustangs will vie for second straight league title.
Sat., Feb. 20 at Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena, TBD
Gary Clark, Octavius Ellis form possibly AAC’s top front line.
Thu., Feb 25 at South Florida at Sun Dome, TBD
Orlando Antigua will get this program turned around, but not this season.
Sun., Feb. 28 Houston at Gampel, TBD
Lots of people like Kelvin Sampson-coached Cougars as sleeper team in AAC. I don't quite see it yet.
Thu., March 3 at SMU at Moody Coliseum, 9 p.m.
Only thing that could hold Mustangs back this year is ongoing NCAA investigation.
Sun., March 6 Central Florida at Gampel, 2 p.m.
Coach Donnie Jones could be on hot seat if Knights don’t show improvement.
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