Report: UConn-Louisville to Play in 2016-17

Because Jeff Walz and Geno Auriemma have a good relationship, the games could continue.


Between 2006 and 2013, Louisville and UConn played 16 times. The series is currently on hiatus -- Louisville bolted for the ACC after the '13 season -- but that will be short-lived; according to the Hartford Courant's John Altavilla, the Cardinals and Huskies will renew their rivalry in 2016-17.

UConn is 16-1 all-time against Louisville -- including a 16-game winning streak -- but as Altavilla writes, "many of their games since Jeff Walz became coach in 2007 have been among the most important UConn has played."

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Included have been two national championship games, in 2009 (UConn, 75-36) and 2013 (UConn, 93-60) and the last year’s American Athletic Conference championship game (UConn, 72-52).

Walz and Geno Auriemma get along quite well and have enjoyed kidding each around in the prelude leading up to their meetings. And there is no question now that Walz is one of the best young coaches in the country, a formidable recruiter with the luxury of a the 22,000-seat KFC Yum Center as his home arena.

It's unclear if a contract has been signed for the 2016-17 games, but Altavilla writes that the series is scheduled to begin in Dec. 2016 and continue in Louisville the following year. And because Walz and Auriemma have a good relationship, the games could continue indefinitely.

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