Thursday, September 8, 2016

Breaking down UConn's 2016-17 schedule

UConn’s complete 2016-17 schedule was released on Thursday afternoon. Here’s a breakdown of each game:
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Sun., Oct. 30       New Haven (exhib.)       XL Center   TBA                          
Second straight year Huskies will face in-state foes in exhibition game

Sat., Nov. 5         So. Connecticut St. (exhib.)       Gampel Pavilion     TBA      
Ex-Husky great Scott Burrell goes up against UConn for first time as head coach

Fri., Nov. 11        Wagner         Gampel Pavilion              7 p.m.    SNY                                          
Seahawks are defending Northeast Conference regular-season champs, went to NIT 2nd round

Mon., Nov. 14       Northeastern                                                
UConn is 35-4 all-time vs. Jim Calhoun’s former school

Thurs., Nov. 17     at Loyola Marymount                                  
Stopover game en route to Hawaii; Lions went 14-17 last season

Mon., Nov. 21       Oklahoma State   Lahaina C.C., Maui, Hawaii        9 p.m.     ESPNU                       Cowboys were 12-20 last year but will be better under ex-Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood

Tue., Nov. 22       North Carolina/Chaminade       Lahaina C.C., Maui, Hawaii       TBA           TBA
Huskies are 1-5 all-time vs. defending national champion runner-up Tar Heels

Wed., Nov. 23       TBD                   Lahaina C.C., Maui, Hawaii
Huskies will face either Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgetown or Oregon in this one

Wed., Nov. 30       Boston University    XL Center                 7 p.m.          SNY          
Terriers are coached by Joe Jones, brother of longtime Yale head man James Jones

Mon., Dec. 5        Syracuse                  Madison Square Garden             7 p.m.           ESPN2
Orange boast 55-37 all-time advantage over former Big East brethren

Sat., Dec. 10       at Ohio State        Value City Arena, Columbus           6 p.m.         Big Ten Network Huskies make first trip to Columbus, Ohio in 33 years to complete home-and-home series

Sun., Dec. 18       North Florida               Gampel Pavilion                      TBA               SNY
Ospreys were Atlantic Sun regular-season champs last year, earned NIT berth

Fri., Dec. 23       Auburn                  XL Center                        2:30 p.m.                      SNY
A homecoming for Waterbury’s Mustapha Heron, a highly-touted Tiger freshman

Wed., Dec. 28  Houston XL Center TBA ESPN2
Damyean Dotson (13.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg last year) is one of AAC’s top all-around players

Sat., Dec. 31  at Tulsa Reynolds Center 2 p.m. CBSSN
Golden Hurricane lost seven of top eight scorers from last year’s First Four team

Thur., Jan. 5  at Memphis FedExForum 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
New coach Tubby Smith gives AAC two national championship-winning coaches (with Kevin Ollie)

Sun., Jan. 8   UCF XL Center 5 p.m. CBSSN
Former Duke star, Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins takes over as Knight’s head man

Wed., Jan. 11  Temple Gampel Pavilion 9 p.m. CBSSN
If Fran Dunphy can get Owls to NCAA tourney, he’ll deserve third straight AAC coach of year award

Sat., Jan. 14       at Georgetown   Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. TBA                                   Hoyas boast 35-30 all-time mark over ex-Big East rivals after last year’s loss in Hartford

UConn's "Top Five" freshman class
Thur., Jan. 19      at SMU Moody Coliseum, Dallas 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Larry Brown pulled a Larry Brown, quit over summer during contract negotiations

Sun., Jan. 22       East Carolina XL Center 6 p.m. CBSSN
Head coach Jeff Lebo could be on the hot seat if Pirates don’t start winning

Wed., Jan. 25  at South Florida Sun Dome, Tampa 7p.m. ESPNU                                 Bulls could be hindered all season by academic fraud scandal

Sat., Jan. 28  Tulane   Gampel Pavilion 8 p.m. ESPNU                                         Green Wave now coached by Mike Dunleavy, Sr., 17-year NBA coaching vet with no college coaching experience

Sat., Feb. 4        at Cincinnati Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati TBA ESPN/ESPN2
East Hartford’s Caine Broome sitting out this season for Cincy as Sacred Heart transfer

Wed., Feb. 8        South Florida   Gampel Pavilion 7 p.m. CBSSN                          
Jahmal McMurray averaged 15.6 ppg as a frosh last season

Sat., Feb. 11       at UCF   CFE Arena, Orlando 6 p.m. CBSSN                                 Giant (7-foot-6) center Tacko Fall established himself as league’s top big man last year

Thur., Feb. 16      Memphis XL Center 9 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Versatile, 6-9 forward Dedric Lawson is league’s player of the year frontrunner

Sun., Feb. 19       at Temple Liacouras Center, Philadelphia 4 p.m. ESPN
Owls lost top scorer (Quenton DeCosey), rebounder (Jaylen Bond) to graduation

Wed., Feb. 22       at Houston Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston 9 p.m. CBSSN
Huskies finally (barely) snapped two-game losing streak at Hofheinz Pavilion last year

Sat., Feb. 25  SMU XL Center Noon CBS
There’ll be a new AAC player of the year, as two-time winner Nic Moore has graduated

Wed., March 1  at East Carolina Minges Coliseum, Greenville, N.C. 7 p.m. ESPNU
After not playing ECU on road last year, Huskies return to Greenville

Sun. March 5   Cincinnati Gampel Pavilion Noon CBS
AAC regular-season title could very well come down to this game


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