The UConn men’s basketball team will be returning to Madison Square Garden, and joined by Indiana, Texas Tech and Louisville in the Jimmy V Classic in December, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
The Huskies’ nonconference schedule for 2019-20 is shaping up as rather challenging, with a road game at Villanova and and a home game vs. Florida already booked, and three games in the Charleston Classic in South Carolina. UConn finished 16-17 last season, Dan Hurley’s first as coach.
Texas Tech reached the Final Four this past season, losing to Virginia in the championship game after eliminating Michigan State. Indiana finished 19-16, losing in the third round of the NIT. Louisville, a former Big East and AAC rival of UConn, finished 20-14 after a first-round loss to Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament.
The matchups and dates are to be announced at a later date. The Jimmy V is a doubleheader annually played during the first week of December.
UConn will play Florida in Connecticut on Nov. 17, the start of a home-and-home series. The Huskies conclude their three-year series with Villanova in Philadelphia, date to be determined.
At Charleston, Nov. 21-24, UConn will be in the field with Florida, Miami, Xavier, Buffalo, Missouri State, Saint Joseph’s and Towson, the bracket still to be announced.
Four teams from the AAC will draw SEC opponents in a challenge series agreed upon by the conferences. It is possible UConn could be included in that, if the schedules align. The matchups are expected to be announced later this month.
UConn has tried to schedule at least one game at Madison Square Garden per year since the original Big East broke up. Last season, the Huskies played Syracuse and Iowa in the 2K Classic, and its game vs. Villanova there. They played Syracuse in the Jimmy V Classic in 2017.
Louisville and UConn have not played since the Cardinals left the AAC after its first season to join the ACC.
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