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UConn to the Big East: By the Numbers

A numerical look at UConn’s move to its old home.

The UConn Huskies take on the Boston College Eagles in a college football game at Fenway Park in Boston as part of the Fenway Gridiron Series on November 18, 2017.
The UConn Huskies take on the Boston College Eagles in a college football game at Fenway Park in Boston as part of the Fenway Gridiron Series on November 18, 2017.
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UConn officially in the Big East. Here’s some numbers that stand out about the Huskies’ move to a new conference.

11 - The number of schools in the Big East, now including UConn. There are seven members left from the old Big East — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova — and three newer members: Butler, Creighton and Xavier.

136 - The number of Big East titles (regular season and tournament) the Huskies own in basketball, soccer, field hockey, baseball and softball — the school’s most high-profile sports. Here’s a breakdown of each sport:

  • Women’s basketball: 37 (19 regular season/18 tournament)
  • Field hockey: 36 (19/17)
  • Men’s soccer: 19 (12/7)
  • Men’s basketball: 17 (10/7)
  • Softball: 13 (6/7)
  • Women’s soccer: 10 (8/2)
  • Baseball: 4 (1/3)

20 - The number of UConn programs that will join the Big East. Only the school’s ice hockey, rowing and football teams will not.

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19.79 - The amount, in dollars, that UConn fans began donating to the school after the Board of Trustees approved the move to the Big East. So many went on to the UConn Foundation’s site that it crashed and later, they put a button on the website so users could click to donate $19.79. The Hartford Guy pitched the idea to Twitter in honor of the Big East’s founding in 1979.

5 - The number of schools in the Big East closer than ECU, the second-closest school to UConn in the American. Or looking at it another way, Creighton is the farthest school in the Big East. Five AAC teams are still farther than that.

7,320,041- The amount, in dollars, UConn spent on travel in the 2018 Fiscal Year. President Susan Herbst said the school is “going to save a couple of million dollars per year in travel” in the new Big East.

330 - The total number of games UConn men’s basketball has played against Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova

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166 - The total number of games UConn men’s basketball has played against the entire AAC.

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7/1/2020 - The earliest date UConn can join the Big East Conference, according to Commissioner Val Ackerman. The AAC requires a 27-month waiting period to leave the conference, which can be negotiated down.