UConn men’s basketball team to face Oregon in Phil Knight Invitational on Thanksgiving


The UConn men’s basketball team will be duck hunting on Thanksgiving Day.

The Huskies will play their Phil Knight Invitational opener against Oregon on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Alabama and Michigan will face off in Game 2 of the doubleheader at 10:30 p.m.

The winner from UConn-Oregon will face the winner from Alabama-Michigan State in the semifinals of the tournament on Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The losers of the first-round matches will meet on November 26 at 12:30 a.m., also at the Vets Coliseum.


The tournament will conclude with four games, including the championship final on Sunday, November 27, at the Moda Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum or Chiles Center (on the University of Portland campus).

The tournament kicks off with a double afternoon Thursday, as North Carolina takes on Portland (1 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Iowa State takes on Villanova (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

The eight teams have a total of 212 NCAA Tournament appearances, 45 Final Fours and 16 NCAA titles (four by UConn). Six of the eight teams reached the NCAA Tournament last season.

In a completely separate bracket, the Phil Knight Legacy tournament will take place on the same days, with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Portland State, Purdue, West Virginia and Xavier.

The UConn-Oregon matchup is a rematch of the Phil Knight Invitational first-round game held as part of PK80 in Portland in November 2017, won by the Huskies 71-63.

UConn is 1-1 against Oregon, losing to the Ducks 79-69 at the 2016 Maui Invitational in Hawaii.

Oregon went 20-15 overall and 11-9 in the Pac-12 last year, winning at Utah State in the first round of the NIT before losing to Texas A&M in the second round.


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