The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team had a rather disappointing season in 2014-15. The team went 17-13 in the regular season and were hit with the sixth seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament. The team advanced to the championship game before falling to SMU. To make matters worse, the team was a seven seed in the NIT and lost to Arizona State in the first round.
On Tuesday, the team announced its non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season and there are some pretty notable games on the docket.
According to Uconnhuskies.com, the team opens the season with a pair of exhibition games against Tampa and New Haven. Things really get rolling during Thanksgiving week when the team makes a trip to the Bahamas to compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis for the first time since their appearance in the inaugural event in 2011.
The 2014 tournament was won by Wisconsin and this year’s field is loaded once again. UConn will have to deal with the likes of Syracuse, Texas, Michigan, Gonzaga, Washington, Texas A&M, and the one surprise of the field, Charlotte.
The fun is just beginning for the Huskies as they have two huge match-ups in early December. The team travels to New York City to play Maryland at Madison Square Garden on December 8 and then turns around to play Ohio State at home just four days later.
The team closes out its non-conference slate with a trip to Texas and then a game against an old Big East conference rival in Georgetown.
The Huskies won the national championship in 2014 before missing the NCAA Tournament last season. Hopefully some big wins in a tough schedule will get them some respect in the eyes of the selection committee.
The more I write about college basketball, the more I want the season to hurry up and get here. It’s still a long way away, but I have already got goosebumps just thinking about the opening tip.
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