AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas Longhorns basketball team has arrived in the Pacific Northwest for an early season game with the consensus No. 1 team in the country.
Texas gets its first scale match of the season against Gonzaga on Saturday at 9.30pm at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington. You can watch the match on ESPN2.
“We’re going to win that match on Saturday night, no matter what the scoreboard says, because we’re going to learn so much about ourselves. It’s going to be a win for our program. That’s exactly what we need in the early season for to see where we are, ”said UT head coach Chris Beard.
Gonzaga is one of the favorites to win the national championship for the second year in a row, but the Longhorns are not far behind the Bulldogs in terms of pre-season expectations. With a rebuilt list of transfers, the Beards No. 5 Texas Longhorns expect to be alongside Gonzaga vying for the national title.
Texas will look for its first win in the program’s history against an AP No. 1 opponent. The Longhorns defeated UCLA when the Bruins were No. 1 in the coaching poll in the 2007-08 season, according to UT Athletics.
“I would argue that Saturday night’s game is the biggest game in college basketball; that’s how I feel,” Beard said.
Gonzaga opened the season with a 97-63 victory over Dixie State on Tuesday. The Longhorns defeated Houston Baptist 92-48 Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Six Longhorns reached double digits in points and eight players scored at least eight points during UT’s opening win.
Gonzaga novice Chet Holmgren is a flat, elite prospect. Holmgren and North Texas native Drew Timme combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds Tuesday night. Holmgren filled the box with 14 points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks and six assists.
UT celebrates this “big” game of college basketball with a clock party near Longhorns’ football game against Kansas. You can watch the Gonzaga match at the Hook ‘Em hangout with food and beverage options just outside the Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Texas basketball was supposed to tip as Longhorn’s football team plays the fourth quarter against the Jayhawks.
How to Watch Texas Vs. Gonzaga
When: Saturday at 21.30 CT
Where: McCarthey Athletic Center (Spokane, Washington)
TV: ESPN2 | Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network
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