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The Texas Longhorns and Washington Huskies will face off in the first ever U.S. Sport to play a regular season game in China. The nonconference basketball game will be played on November 14, 2015 on ESPN, which is currently scheduled for 9 p.m. in Texas
The Pac-12 commissioner, Larry Scott, stated, “The Pac-12 and our universities are proud to be pioneers in China. The event is a great step forward for our initiative designed to use sport and cultural exchange to support the international strategies that many of our universities have embarked on to extend their reach into China and promote good will between our two countries.”
The game is part of a Pac-12 effort to showcase on a global level with a “Globalization Initiative”. The conference hopes the event will become “an annual component” where a Pac-12 team plays a “prominent non-conference opponent.”
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson’s previous role in the Pac-12 as Arizona State’s AD made the Longhorns a logical choice to face the Huskies. Patterson previously brought the ASU basketball team to China in 2013 as a part of the same conference initiative.
Patterson stated, “We are excited to be opening the 2015-2016 season against the Washington Huskies in China. This will be a great educational experience for our student-athletes and another opportunity to strengthen the university’s brand in the world’s most populous country.”