Geno Auriemma has never lost to an opponent that's had one of his former assistant coaches or players on its coaching staff.
But the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's Hall of Fame coach hasn't fared quite so well against his mentor. Auriemma's clubs are 3-3 against teams coached by Jim Foster, who gave Auriemma his first college coaching job at Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia in the 1970s.
But Auriemma will get the chance to get over the .500 mark against Foster this coming season as the Huskies will make their first trip to Chattanooga, part of UConn's non-league schedule released Monday.
The Huskies still have one date to fill on what will be an 11-game non-league schedule. UConn was hoping that would be in the Maggie Dixon Classic but a suitable opponent for the three-time reigning national champions has not been finalized.
UConn will open the regular season on Nov. 16 with its first trip to Ohio State. The Huskies will then host Kansas State for the first time in the regular season on Nov. 23 followed by a home game with Nebraska on Nov. 28. Two days later is the trip to Chattanooga, the only first-time opponent on the non-league schedule.
Coach Doug Bruno's DePaul Blue Demons will host UConn on Dec. 2 followed by a rematch of the 2015 national championship game when the Huskies entertain Notre Dame on Dec. 5 in the Jimmy V Classic. All-American Breanna Stewart's homecoming game at Colgate is Dec. 9 followed two days later by UConn's matchup with Florida State in the Hall of Fame Women's Challenge at Mohegan Sun Arena. After a break for fall semester final exams, UConn will host LSU on Dec. 21.
The final regular season non-league game for the Huskies will be at South Carolina Feb. 8.
With one game to be announced, UConn will face eight teams that played in the NCAA tournament including two of the other three Final Four teams. Six games are against teams ranked in the top-35 of the 2015 RPI.
The Huskies' 18-game American Athletic Conference opponents are set with dates to be determined. UConn will play home and home with Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane, and Tulsa, while hosting Central Florida and visiting Houston.
The exhibition portion of the schedule includes matchups with Division II Lubbock Christian on Nov. 2. and NAIA school Vanguard on Nov. 8.