The Pac-12 Conference has released more details about the upcoming men’s basketball game between Washington and Texas scheduled to be held in Shanghai, China.
The game is scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, a state-of-the-art facility that holds 18,000. The Pac-12 announced the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), which operates under China’s Ministry of Education, serves as a co-host.
The game will be played at 11 a.m. local time in Shanghai and broadcast live back in the United States at 9 p.m. Central on Friday, Nov. 13, on ESPN. The game will be the season opener for both teams and will count in the standings. As such, it will be the first official game for new Texas coach Shaka Smart.
This trip will be a first for the Longhorns, playing in the Far East. However, this was conceived by the Pac-12, a league that has made reaching out to China a top priority.
“This event is a great step forward for our initiative as we continue to extend our member universities’ relations in China and promote goodwill between our countries,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “The FUSC has been instrumental in our success in China to date and we appreciate their ongoing support and collaboration.”
Since 2011, the Pac-12 has worked with the FUSC to stage men’s and women’s basketball games and hold coaching clinics and educational symposiums, according to the league.
According to the Pac-12, both Washington and Texas players will have an opportunity to visit several Chinese landmarks. The Pac-12 is also sending an academic delegation of 13 students from its member schools.
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