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Nevada basketball's schedule coming into focus following Texas-Arlington add

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Jazz Johnson and the Wolf Pack will host Texas-Arlington next season. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

The Nevada basketball team has added a home-and-home series with Texas-Arlington, per CBS' Jon Rothstein.

The series will start with a game this season at Lawlor Events Center before Nevada plays in the Lone Star State in 2020-21. This is the second home-and-home series Nevada has scheduled this week after adding Santa Clara.

Texas-Arlington went 17-16 overall last season, including a 12-6 mark in the Sun Belt, good for a three-way tie for second place in the conference. The Sun Belt ranked 17th in the RPI last season, two spots below the Mountain West.

The Mavericks posted a NET of 160 last season and KenPom score of 150, so this will likely be a Quad 3 game for Nevada just like the Santa Clara matchup. Texas-Arlington does return most of its core from last season, including four of its top five scorers. Six players from UTA's roster put their names in the transfer portal, but the only major loss was guard Edric Dennis Jr., who averaged 14 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season.

Here is the Wolf Pack's non-conference schedule to date:

Nevada's 2019-20 schedule

Nov. 5: vs. Utah

Nov. 16: vs. USC

Nov. 22: vs. Fordham (Paradise Jam, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Nov. 23/24: vs. Valparaiso or Grand Canyon (Paradise Jam, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Nov. 25: TBD opponent (Paradise Jam, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Dec. 10: at BYU

Dec. 21: vs. Saint Mary's College (Chase Center)

TBD dates: Home games with Santa Clara and Texas-Arlington; road game at Davidson

Since it is playing in an exempt tournament, Nevada can play up to 13 non-conference games. So far, it has 10 contests scheduled, leaving three slots to fill.

The average NET ranking of Nevada's non-conference opponents last season was 133 with six top-100 teams (out of 13) and zero top-50 teams. The average NET ranking of Nevada's scheduled non-conference opponents for next season is 122.3 with five top-100 teams (out of nine) and one top-50 team. In 2017-18, Nevada's non-conference schedule included an average opponent RPI rank of 113.5 with five top-100 teams (out of 14) and four top-50 teams.

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