Texas will begin its 2015 men's basketball season with a game in China against Washington -- the first regular season game between United States college or professional basketball teams in the country.
Men's athletics director Steve Patterson has already made public his desires to have the Longhorns play a football game on international soil, possibly in Mexico City. Now their men's basketball squad will face the Huskies on another continent in two years. The game will be played on Nov. 14, 2015 (Nov. 13 in the US) and be televised by ESPN.
"We are excited to be opening the 2015-2016 season against the Washington Huskies in China," Patterson said in a statement. "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."
The game is part of the Pac-12's Globalization Initiative, which was launched in 2011. Patterson was Arizona State's athletics director when the Sun Devils men's basketball team and the Cal women's basketball team played exhibition games in China last summer and an all-star team from the conference will play exhibition games against two China teams and a Chinese college team there this summer.
"The Pac-12 and our universities are proud to be pioneers in China," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. "This 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."