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HOOPS GAME DAY: #5 Texas vs. #1 Gonzaga

HornSports Staff
HornSports Staff

After thrashing Houston Baptist University 92-48 in their season opener this week, Texas Basketball (1-0) heads to the Pacific-Northwest to face the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0).  The game will serve as an early season barometer for Chris Beard's team, which consists of several returning players and a slew of highly-coveted portal transfers.

The task will be tall for the Longhorns, as they have never beaten an AP No. 1 team in program history.  Texas has never beaten Gonzaga, but came close in 2017 when the two teams went to overtime in Portland.  The Bulldogs emerged with the win 76-71.

The basketball season just started and anything can happen, but Beard says his team wins regardless of the final outcome on the scoreboard.

"We’re going to learn so much about ourselves."  "It’s exactly what we need early on in the season, to kind of see where we’re at.”

The Longhorns had six players reach double-digits in scoring in Tuesday's win against the Huskies.  They also held HBU to 32.7 percent shooting from the floor.  Beard spread the minutes around to his players as well, with ten Longhorns averaging at least 14 minutes on the hardwood.

This year marks the second straight year in which Gonzaga begins the season at the top of the rankings.  The Bulldogs beat Dixie State 97-63 in their opener last week.  Julian Strawther had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Chet Holmgren had 14 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and seven blocks. Rasir Bolton added 15 points and Drew Timme chipped in 11. The Bulldogs held Dixie State to 35 percent shooting from the field.

What: Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 WCC)
Venue: McCarthy Athletic Center
Location: Spokane, WA
When: Saturday, November 13th, 2021
Time: 9:30 p.m. (CST)
All-Time Series: Gonzaga leads Texas 3-0
Last Meeting: Gonzaga defeated Texas 76-71 OT (11/25/2017 Portland, OR)

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