Washington will play a nonconference game against Texas in China on Nov. 14, 2015.
It’ll be the first regular-season contest in the country for a major U.S. team, collegiate or professional.
“We’re very excited to be a part of this trip and to represent the Pac-12,” Romar said in a statement released by UW. “Basketball has become one of the most popular sports in China in the last decade and we’re excited to get over there and compete. This will be a very unique educational experience for our team and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said: “The Pac-12 and our universities are proud to be pioneers in China. 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 and promote good will between our two countries.”
Scott also said the conference will send a Pac-12 all-star men’s basketball team to China in August 2014 for the first time. The team will travel to at least two cities and play 2-3 exhibition games against top Chinese professional teams and one game against a leading Chinese university team.
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson will lead the team and name a roster of 12-13 Pac-12 players this spring. As part of the tour, the players will experience Chinese culture, visit historic landmarks and engage with their Chinese counterparts and FUSC in official ceremonies and off-the-court activities.