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Texas, Gonzaga agree to home-and-home series beginning next season in Austin

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The Zags may enter next season as the preseason No. 1 team.

West Virginia v Gonzaga Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

One of college basketball’s top programs will be making a trip to Austin next season.

According to CBS Sports insider Jon Rothstein, the Texas Longhorns and Gonzaga Bulldogs have agreed to a 2020-21 home-and-home series on the hardwood.

Texas will play host to Gonzaga at the Erwin Center on Nov. 13, 2020, while the return game will be played at the rowdy McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane in 2021.

Dating back to the 2004-05 season, Mark Few’s program ranks second nationally with a home winning percentage of 93.7 percent.

On top of this meeting, the Longhorns are scheduled to play in the Maui Invitational from Nov. 23-25. The rest of Texas’ non-conference matchups have yet to be announced.

Following what was supposed to be a year of roster turnover for Gonzaga, Few’s squad is fresh off another dominant season. While they lost both of their top graduate transfers from the state of Texas, they might enter next season as the nation’s preseason title favorite. Headlined by five-star combo guard Jalen Suggs, the Zags will welcome in a Top 10 recruiting class for the first time in program history.

Gonzaga currently holds 10-1 odds to win the 2021 title, per Bovada.

Texas holds an all-time 0-3 record against Gonzaga. These two teams last met in an early-season tournament third-place game at the PK80 Invitational in 2017. Behind Andrew Jones’ late-game heroics and some magical full-court pressure, the Horns stormed back from a double-digit deficit before falling 79-74 in overtime against the Zags.