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Stanford men, women to host defending NCAA champ UConn teams this season

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Stanford men's and women's basketball teams will both play home games against the defending national championship teams from Connecticut this coming season.

The Cardinal men recently announced their nonconference schedule, which includes a January 17 home game against UConn, the 2014 NCAA Tournament champion. You may recall that Stanford upset then-No. 10 UConn 53-51 in Hartford, Conn., during the regular season last season. That was the Cardinal's best win of the season until they knocked off Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinal also have nonconference games against UNLV, BYU and Texas next season, and they may face Duke as well.

Stanford opens with a home game on Nov. 14 game against Wofford in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic preseason tournament. The Cardinal then face South Dakota at home two days later in the second round. Stanford faces UNLV at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the Coaches vs. Cancer semifinals on November 21. Stanford would play either Temple or Duke in the championship game or consolation game the next day, November 22.

Stanford then has home games against Delaware on November 25, against Denver on December 13, against Loyola Marymount on December 17, and against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on December 29. It plays road games against DePaul on November 30, against BYU on December 20 and against Texas on December 23.

Stanford begins conference play with a home game against Washington on January 2.

The Stanford women have not released their nonconference schedule yet, but the Hartford Courant reported last December, that Stanford will host the UConn women on November 17. That game was originally scheduled for November 14 but was pushed back to accommodate ESPN, which will televise the game. It's unclear whether that will be the Cardinal's season-opener or their second game of the season.

UConn beat Stanford decisively twice last season when the Huskies went unbeaten on their way to a national title. The Cardinal have not beaten UConn since they ended the Huskies' 90-game winning streak on Dec. 30, 2010, at Stanford.