After the Texas football team scheduled a massive home-and-home series with Alabama on Wednesday, and the Longhorns basketball team wasted no time responding. Shaka Smart’s team scheduled its own big nonconference series on Thursday, as they will add a home-and-home with Purdue, according to a report by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Texas and Purdue will start a home-and-home series next season in Austin, per a source. Return game in West Lafayette in 19-20.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 17, 2018
According to Texas reporter Dustin McComas, the first game looks set to take place on Dec. 9 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. The matchup will put the Longhorns up against a Purdue team that has found frequent success in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Matt Painter.
Texas is 2-1 all-time against the Boilermakers. The last time these two teams met was in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament, where T.J. Ford and the Longhorns won 77-67 during their run to the Final Four.
Since then, Purdue has grown into a powerhouse, driven by a frontcourt filled with size. Purdue went 30-7 last season and reached the Sweet Sixteen despite star center Isaac Haas fracturing an elbow. They look to be led this season by 7-foot-3 sophomore Matt Haarms.
Texas went 19-15 and 8-10 in Big 12 play last season, its third under head coach Shaka Smart. Texas went on to earn a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the first round to Nevada.