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Friday, December 19, 2014

Quirky schedule continues for UConn

UConn's schedule in November and December certainly doesn't lack in originality.

It wasn't too long ago when the Huskies became well acquainted to playing in the comfort of their on-campus haunts. It was just five seasons ago that UConn played six games at Gampel Pavilion in the final two months of 2010.

Yet, with tonight's game in Bridgeport and the Huskies finishing out 2010 with a game at Mohegan Sun Arena, two games in Hartford and one in Greenville, N.C., the Huskies will end the year having played just one regular-season game in Storrs.

However, it is another part of the way the schedule shook out that has not pleased UConn coach Geno Auriemma.

Tonight's game will end a 12-day hiatus, It isn't the first time it has happened as UConn also had 12 days off between the Penn State and Oakland games in 2012 and went 13 games between games in 2004 before losing at Arizona State. It will be the ninth time since 1990 that UConn will play after not having a game for at least 12 days.

"That doesn't make me feel good at all," Auriemma said. "It is scheduling, I guess it is the only time we could fit the games in or whatever but everybody else has played all week long. They (DePaul) will have played twice since our last game so any play you game after exams is not ideal but I've always said that you either want to play somebody good enough to beat you or somebody you are going to beat just because the bus shows up on time."

DePaul certainly falls in the former category in Auriemma's eyes.

"They had Texas A&M beat, they had Northwestern beat, they had Notre Dame beat so in all three of their losses, those are games that they could look back and say with one thing or another those are games that they had a chance to win or could have won maybe," Auriemma said. "We are playing a team, I told him when the schedule came out that I don't like the fact we have 12 days off. He thinks it is a positive. He said you have 12 days to get ready for us like we are playing the Bulls or something like we have to find a way to guard Jordan and Pippen."
Since the start of the 1993-94 season UConn has lost nine games in the months of November and December and three of the defeats have come after breaks due to final exams. It began in 1993 when the Huskies lost at Stanford after not playing for 14 straight days. In 2004 UConn lost at Arizona State after not playing for 13 days and most recently, an eight-day break was followed by a loss at Baylor. On the other side of things, UConn has scored at least 100 points four times after a break of at least 12 days during that span and the largest margin of victory in program history came in 1998 after a 13-day break in a game against Quinnipiac.

Here's the breakdown
14: at Seton Hall 88-45 on 12-8-99/UCLA 106-64 on 12-23-99
14: at Boston College 80-62 on 12-13-93/at Stanford 75-94 on 12-28-93
13: St. John's 91-51 on 12-13-98/Quinnipiac 117-20 on 12-27-98
13: Hartford 55-32 on 12-7-94/at Arizona State 50-61 on 12-21-94
12: Penn State 67-52 on 12-6-12/Oakland 96-25 on 12-19-12
12: Southern California 68-44 on 12-7-02/Pepperdine 109-48 on 12-20-02
12: Louisiana Tech 74-50 on 12-9-01/Oklahoma 86-72 on 12-22-01
12: at North Carolina State 98-75 on 12-10-94/Iona 101-45 on 12-23-94
12: at Fairfield 60-58 on 12-10-91/Hartford 57-43 on 12-23-91

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