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Texas to face Louisville in Empire Classic opener

The Longhorns are set to make their seventh appearance at the classic.

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The Texas Longhorns will face the Louisville Cardinals in the second semifinal of the 28th annual Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden at approximately 2:30 p.m. Central on Sunday, Nov. 19, the Gazelle Group announced on Monday, with a television coverage announcement coming at a later date.

UConn and Indiana play in the first semifinal with tipoff at noon Central with the consolation game scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Central, followed by the championship game at approximately 6 p.m. Central.

Texas has made six previous appearances in the Empire Classic — 1997, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2019 — and won the event in 2014 with a 71-55 victory over California.

Under-then interim head coach Rodney Terry in 2022-23, the Longhorns made the program’s first Elite Eight appearance since 2008 after winning the Big 12 postseason tournament, finishing 29-9 (12-6 Big 12). Texas was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll, tied for highest in school history.