Northwestern will play the Texas Longhorns in the first game of the Legends Classic, taking place on November 21 in Brooklyn, NY, per Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
First-Round matchups for the 2016 Legends Classic are set, per release. Notre Dame/Colorado and Texas/Northwestern.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 13, 2016
If the Wildcats win that matchup, they will go on to play the winner of Notre Dame/Colorado in the championship. If they lose, they will play the loser of that matchup in the third place game.
This adds yet another piece to the non-conference schedule, which is now complete. Northwestern will face Eastern Washington on Nov. 14 as part of the Legends Classic and Nov. 25 against Bryant as the final game associated with the tournament. Both pf these games will be at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
This is a stern test for Chris Collins and his team. The Longhorns made the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed last year before losing to Northern Iowa on a halfcourt buzzer beater in the first round.
The Longhorns lost several key players, including guards Isaiah Taylor and Javan Felix and big man Cameron Ridley, but should return another very solid squad under Shaka Smart.