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UConn Men’s Basketball Releases Full 2018-2019 Schedule

The Huskies’ slate in Dan Hurley’s first season is finally revealed.

UConn's Jalen Adams (4) reacts after a dunk during the Monmouth Hawks vs UConn Huskies men's college basketball game at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on December 2, 2017.
UConn’s Jalen Adams (4) reacts after a dunk during the Monmouth Hawks vs UConn Huskies men’s college basketball game at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on December 2, 2017.
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While football continues to dominate the minds of college sports fans, it is important to keep things in perspective. The time for basketball will soon be upon us and UConn will again begin its journey back to a National Championship.

Today, we move one step closer with the reveal of the American Athletic Conference schedule. We can now see the road-ahead, in its entirety, challenges and all.

In their 2017-18 campaign, UConn finished 7-11 in the AAC, 14-18 overall. That was good for eighth in the conference standings, better than just SMU, Tulane, ECU and USF.

There’s a renewed hopefulness now that Dan Hurley has taken over, with many expecting a full-scale turnaround within the next few years.

Conference play kicks off with a trip to Tampa on Jan. 2nd to face the USF Bulls. While the Bulls struggled mightily last season, finishing last in the AAC, seven of their 10 wins came at home and no road win is automatic.

After a pair of home games against UCF and SMU, the Huskies head to Ohio for what projects to be the toughest conference game of the year. Cincinnati has consistently been one of the top squads in the AAC. Last year, they ran away with the conference, going 16-2 (31-5 overall) and earning a 2-seed in the NCAA tournament.

That said, this is a different looking lineup for Cincinnati. Top scorer Jacob Evans declared for the NBA draft after his junior year and was selected by the Golden State Warriors at the end of the first round. Graduating senior Gary Clark went undrafted but was signed by the Houston Rockets soon-after. Another 30-win season may not be possible this year, but the Bearcats are still going to be a tough out.

Cincinnati returns to Connecticut on Sunday, Feb. 24 - one of six weekend home games on the conference schedule. The others include UCF, Tulane, ECU, and USF along with Wichita State at Gampel Pavilion on Jan. 26.

This is a winnable game for the Huskies, as well. Of the nine players who took the court for Wichita State in last year’s NCAA Tournament, only one will be returning for the 2018-19 season: senior forward Markis McDuffie. UConn could take advantage of this rebuilding period to score a big win over a household name. Maybe two big wins.

After a difficult non-conference schedule that includes Syracuse, Arizona, Florida State and the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats, conference play provides little reprieve.

It was revealed that the Huskies will face Memphis, Tulane, Tulsa and Houston only once, with all other conference opponents scheduled for both home and away matchups. Needless to say, Dan Hurley faces a difficult task in his first year as head coach for the Huskies.

2018-2019 UConn Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Time Opponent Venue TV
Date Time Opponent Venue TV
Friday, Nov. 2 7:00 PM Southern Connecticut (Ex.) Gampel Pavilion None
Thursday, Nov. 8 7:00 PM Morehead State Gampel Pavilion TBA
Sunday, Nov. 11 TBA UMKC Gampel Pavilion TBA
Thursday, Nov. 15 7:00 PM Syracuse Madison Square Garden ESPN2
Friday, Nov. 16 4:30pm/6:30pm Oregon/Iowa Madison Square Garden ESPN2/ESPNU
Tuesday, Nov. 20 7:00 PM Cornell XL Center TBA
Saturday, Nov. 24 Noon UNH XL Center TBA
Tuesday, Nov. 27 7:00 PM UMass-Lowell Gampel Pavilion TBA
Sunday, Dec. 2 1:00 PM Arizona XL Center ESPN2
Wednesday, Dec. 5 7:00 PM Lafayette XL Center TBA
Saturday, Dec. 8 6:30 PM Florida State Newark, NJ ESPN2
Saturday, Dec. 15 TBA Manhattan Gampel Pavilion TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 18 7:00 PM Drexel XL Center TBA
Saturday, Dec. 22 12:30 PM Villanova Madison Square Garden CBS
Wednesday, Jan. 2 8:30 PM @ USF Tampa, FL CBSSN
Saturday, Jan. 5 Noon UCF XL Center ESPNews
Thursday, Jan. 10 7:00 PM SMU Gampel Pavilion CBSSN
Saturday, Jan. 12 8:00 PM @ Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH ESPN2/ESPNU
Wednesday, Jan. 16 7:00 PM @ Tulsa Tulsa, OK ESPNews
Saturday, Jan. 19 7:30 PM Tulane Gampel Pavilion CBSSN
Saturday, Jan. 26 6:00 PM Wichita State Gampel Pavilion CBSSN
Thursday, Jan. 31 9:00 PM @ UCF Orlando, FL ESPN2/ESPNU
Sunday, Feb. 3 2:00 PM ECU XL Center ESPNews
Wednesday, Feb. 6 6:00 PM @ Temple Philadephia, PA CBSSN
Sunday, Feb. 10 2:00 PM @ Memphis Memphis, TN CBSSN
Thursday, Feb. 14 7:00 PM Houston XL Center ESPN/ESPN2
Thursday, Feb. 26 9:00 PM @ SMU Dallas, TX ESPN/ESPN2
Sunday, Feb. 24 2:00 PM Cincinnati XL Center ESPN
Thursday, Feb. 28 7:00 PM @ Wichita State Wichita, KS ESPN/ESPN2
Sunday, Mar. 3 Noon USF Gampel Pavilion CBSSN
Thursday, Mar. 7 7:00 PM Temple Gampel Pavilion CBSSN
Sunday, Mar. 10 2:00 PM @ ECU Greenville, NC ESPNU