Vanderbilt's men's basketball schedule has not yet been announced. But Connecticut, coached by Jim Calhoun, would be the highest-profile regular-season opponent for Vanderbilt in some time. The Huskies won a National Championship under Calhoun in 1999.
The Waterbury (Conn.) Republic-American did not list a specific date, only saying that this year's game would be in "mid-November". It has been rumored that as part of the deal, Connecticut would travel to Nashville to play Vanderbilt sometime during the 2002-03 season.
Last year's Connecticut team went 22-12 and failed to make the NCAA Tournament, but played two games in the NIT. Vanderbilt finished 15-15 last year, and did not participate in postseason play.
Vanderbilt's early-season schedule, when announced, is also expected to include an appearance in the Hawaii Pacific Thanksgiving Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 23-25. The Commodores will play three games in the tournament, amongst a field that includes Notre Dame, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Hampton, Monmouth, Akron and Liberty.