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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

UConn's conference schedule is out

The American Athletic Conference made the move from playing 18 regular-season conference games in its first three seasons to having 16 in the upcoming season.

The conference released the breakdown of home and away opponents.

The conference is going to a 16-game schedule after playing 18 in each of the AAC's first three seasons. The move will allow the Huskies to add two more non-conference games to aid its strength of schedule and RPI.

UConn will play East Carolina, USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa once at home and once on the road, will have home games against Houston and Memphis and will play Cincinnati and UCF on the road. What that means is that the UConn fans will need to wait until the AAC tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena to welcome back former star Nykesha Sales, recently hired as an assistant coach at UCF.

UConn's non-conference schedule could be the most challenging in program history.
The home schedule is highlighted by games at likely top 10 teams Baylor, Ohio State and South Carolina in addition to facing Chattanooga, Dayton and DePaul. The non-conference road game will feature tough tests against Florida State, Maryland and Notre Dame in addition to contests against Kansas State, LSU and Nebraska. The Huskies will also meet a talented Texas squad in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The entire schedule with dates, sites and most of the game times are expected to be announced in August.

There were a few surprises.

First, after UCF and Houston faced UConn once a year in the last two seasons (the only conference schools to have that distinction) I would have thought conference officials would have changed things up a little bit.

Memphis is solid enough even with the graduation losses that I would have thought the Tigers would have played UConn twice in the regular season

I can't believe USF and UCF will only play each other once during the regular season.

The NCAA released attendance figures for the 2015-16 season and UConn came in fifth with an average of 8,920 fans in 15 home games. South Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa State and Louisville are the only programs ahead of UConn.

When all games are counted, UConn trails only South Carolina but that also includes both games in the Final Four.

One area where UConn is head and shoulders among the other women's basketball teams is a comparison of its attendance against the rest of the AAC.

If you use the raw data on the NCAA release, UConn comes out with 20 times more fans per game than the rest of the conference. But since that didn't sound right to me, I went onto the AAC site and used their attendance numbers and came up with an average of 1,089 fans in AAC games not involving UConn which is nearly seven times less than UConn's average draw per game.


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