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Texas Longhorns to Host Abe Lemons Classic This Season

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Texas Longhorns basketball will host the Abe Lemons Classic this season, a multi-team event that will pay tribute to the former Longhorns head coach.

Texas made the announcement on Tuesday. The Classic will take place over the course of a week, with the Longhorns hosting host Northern Colorado on Nov. 17, San Jose State on Nov. 20 and California Baptist on Nov. 24 at the Frank Erwin Center.

The rest of the Classic will take place at Cal Baptist and San Jose State throughout that week. Northern Colorado will be the only team in the Classic that won’t play a home game.


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Lemons coached in college basketball for more than 30 years, and won 599 career games. He spent just five years at Texas (1977-82). During that time, he won 110 games, led the Longhorns to an NIT championship in 1978 and won a pair of Southwest Conference titles in 1978 and 1979. That was enough to get Lemons inducted into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor in 1994.

Texas still doesn’t have a complete non-conference schedule set, but the Longhorns do have a Big 12-Big East Battle game set at Seton Hall for Dec. 9 and a Big 12-SEC Challenge game with Tennessee set for Jan. 29. That game, which will be in Austin, will be the homecoming for former Texas head coach Rick Barnes, who is now coaching the Vols.

Abe Lemons Classic Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 17: Northern Colorado at TEXAS

Thursday, Nov. 18: San Jose State at California Baptist

Saturday, Nov. 20: San Jose State at TEXAS

Sunday, Nov. 21: Northern Colorado at California Baptist

Tuesday, Nov. 23: Northern Colorado at San Jose State

Wednesday, Nov. 24: California Baptist at TEXAS

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