Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech rematch is official

Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev slams home two of high 15 points against Pacific.
Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev slams home two of high 15 points against Pacific.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Gonzaga and Texas Tech will square off in the third annual Jerry Colangelo Classic in Phoenix, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. The college basketball showcase will be hosted at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Dec. 19.

The one-day quadruple-header will feature Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech (televised on CBS), Arizona State vs. BYU, San Francisco vs. Grand Canyon, and Northern Arizona vs. San Diego.

“We look forward to hosting a unique collegiate event in Phoenix, featuring three Arizona teams and honoring Jerry Colangelo, a man who has done so much for the game and the state he calls home,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We think this will be a great opportunity for college basketball fans to come out and enjoy the wonderful desert climate this holiday season, while taking in four games at the freshly renovated Talking Stick Resort Arena.”

“Coach Beard has done another phenomenal job of building Texas Tech back to a national power like he has done at all his other previous schools,” GU Head Coach Mark Few said. “We are looking forward to playing in a high-level nationally relevant game in a city where our program has some great memories. Personally, it will be a very special experience honoring a great man, and a friend, in Jerry Colangelo.”

The Zags meet Texas Tech for the first time since the programs played to a thrilling Elite Eight finish in Anaheim, Calif., in 2019. The Red Raiders pulled away late, 76-69, to earn a trip to the Final Four. Prior to the matchup, Texas Tech won the only other two previous meetings in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament (71-69) and in the semifinals of the 2007 Great Alaska Shootout (73-63).

“We are excited to be a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Jerry Colangelo Classic,” Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard said. “Gonzaga is consistently one of the top programs in college basketball and we look forward to the opportunity to compete. We have the utmost respect for Coach Few and the Gonzaga program. Our fans will enjoy the city of Phoenix and playing in an NBA arena. You come to Texas Tech to compete in games like this.”

The Jerry Colangelo Classic is one event in the Hall of Fame’s series of collegiate events, which continues to grow in an effort to celebrate the game outside the museum walls. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to continue its relationship with Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events.

Ticket information, game times and additional television broadcast details and will be released at a later date. As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and provide updates as needed.