We’re less than 48 hours away from the start of the biggest game of the non-conference slate for head coach Chris Beard and No. 11 ranked Texas basketball. On Nov. 16, Texas will host head coach Mark Few and the No. 2 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs at home at the shiny new Moody Center in Austin.
This will be the first ranked opponent that Beard and the Longhorns have hosted at the Moody Center. And it is quite the way to have the first ranked matchup at the Moody Center for Texas men’s hoops.
The meeting between Texas and Gonzaga on Nov. 16 will also be the back end of a home-and-home series that started last season. In last year’s matchup between these two teams, Gonzaga got the best of Texas by the final score of 86-74 thanks to a big night from two-time All-American big man Drew Timme.
Moreover, Texas comes into this game with a record of 2-0 (0-0 Big 12) following a thoroughly dominant 82-31 win at home at the Moody Center on Nov. 10 over the Houston Christian Huskies.
Meanwhile, Gonzaga also comes into this matchup against Texas sporting a record of 2-0 (0-0 WCC) following a narrow one-point win over the Michigan State Spartans on Nov. 11.
Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information and game time as Texas gets set to host a top-two-ranked Gonzaga team at the Moody Center in Austin on Nov. 16.
How to watch Texas basketball vs. Gonzaga
Live Stream: WatchESPN (if you have it available on your TV package)/FuboTV
Radio/Audio Stream: Longhorn Radio Network
Game time: 8:30 p.m. CT
This is what could be the first of many ranked opponents that Texas faces during the non-conference slate. As of this week, the Longhorns currently have three non-conference opponents ranked in the top 25. But none appear to be as talented and potent as the Zags.
Texas vs. Gonzaga series history
Texas is winless in four tries all-time in men’s hoops against Gonzaga. All four defeats of the Longhorns for the Bulldogs also came since 2000. Gonzaga has also defeated Texas twice since 2017.
According to the ESPN Basketball Power Index, Texas has a 67.3 percent chance of beating Gonzaga in this game.
If the Longhorns can get this win over the Zags, it would obviously make a statement to the entire college hoops landscape that this team is going to be a serious contender to make a Final Four run this season. Texas could also avenge a tough loss on the road to the Zags from last season by getting the first ranked win at the Moody Center this year.