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 2022 Phil Knight Invitational opener against Oregon on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The match will be televised on ESPN2. Alabama and Michigan will face off in Game 2 of the doubleheader at 10:30 p.m.

The UConn-Oregon winner will face the Alabama-Michigan State winner in the semifinals of the tournament 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, with North Carolina taking on Portland (1 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Iowa State meeting 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 first round of the Phil Knight Invitational held as part of PK80 in Portland in November 2017, won by the Huskies, 71-63.

UConn is 1-1 all-time against Oregon, saluting the ducks, 79-69at 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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Helen L. Cuellar