Longhorns face tough non-conference schedule— away from Erwin Center

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AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Shaka Smart of the Texas Longhorns gives direction to his team during the game with the New Hampshire Wildcats at the Frank Erwin Center on November 14, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas basketball will face stiff tests during the 2019-20 non-conference schedule, but fans will have to travel to see those challenges.

The Longhorns released their non-conference portion of the schedule Tuesday which features match-up’s against 2019 Elite Eight participant Purdue and rival Texas A&M.

Texas and Texas A&M reconvene on the basketball court December 8 in Fort Worth for the first official game between the two programs since the 2015-16 season.

Texas won’t have much time to settle into the season going on the road to Purdue four days after the home opener against Northern Colorado.

Part of the Empire Classic in New York City, Texas is joined by Duke, Georgetown and California in the New York City field which will be played the week before Thanksgiving (November 21-22).

UT will step out of league play on January 25 for the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge. Match-up’s and locations for the Big 12/SEC Challenge have not been announced.

The Big 12 Conference schedule has not been finalized at this time. Tipoff times and the complete television schedule for the 2019-20 season will be announced when available.

UT will play a pair of home games on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 15 as part of the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. Opponents for those two contests have not been announced. The Longhorns travel to New York City to participate in the championship round of the Empire Classic benefiting WWP on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22. In addition to Texas, the four-team event held at historic Madison Square Garden includes California, Duke and Georgetown. Matchups and pairings for the games in New York City have not been determined.

Texas Non-Conference Schedule

  • November 5 (Season Opener): vs. Northern Colorado
  • November 9: at Purdue
  • November 21-22: Empire Classic (New York) featuring Duke, Georgetown, California and Texas
  • November 30: vs. McNeese State
  • December 3: vs. UAB
  • December 8: vs. Texas A&M (in Fort Worth)
  • December 14: vs. Central Michigan
  • December 21: at Providence
  • December 30: vs. High Point

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