A look at the UConn men's schedule. Maui an important early season test.
TORRINGTON: Oh, to be in Maui around Thanksgiving.
Not only would you be away from the frigid Northeast temperatures (or 60 degrees depending) but you would see some of the best teams in the nation competing in the Maui Invitational from November 21-23.
Check out this list of eight teams that will be participating.
Last year’s National Championship runner up North Carolina, projected to start as a top 10 team again in 2016/2017 will be joined by Oregon (finished # 8 a year ago), Wisconsin (# 10 last season), Oklahoma State (# 8 ranked this year), UConn (# 16 finish a year ago, early ranking have them in the top 25), Georgetown, Tennessee and Chaminade.
That tournament will one of the regular season highlights for the Huskies who opened their exhibition schedule on Sunday with an 83-68 win over New Haven at the XL Center.
The Huskies regular season kicks off on Friday, November 11 when Wagner comes to Storrs with game two staying in UConn land against Northwestern on Monday, November 14.
UConn starts their cross country journey on November 17 when they travel to the West Coast to face Loyola Marymount before heading to the Maui event.
Their out of conference schedule continues when they return with matchups against Boston University in Hartford on November 30 followed by a visit to New York City and Madison Square Garden for an old Big East rumble with Syracuse on December 5.
UConn travels to Ohio State before hosting North Florida (Storrs) and Auburn (XL Center), leading up to their American Athletic Conference opener on December 28 when they host Houston at the XL Center.
They take a trip to Washington, DC on January 14 to take on the Hoyas from Georgetown in another blast from the past Big East reunion.
Big things are expected from a UConn team that was picked to finish second in the AAC behind Cincinnati.
The AAC Tournament returns to CT and will be played at the XL Center, March 9-12 of 2017.