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Nevada basketball adds game with Saint Mary's at Warriors' new arena

Jazz Johnson
Jazz Johnson dribbles the ball up the court against Pacific last season. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

The Nevada basketball team will play a game next season at the $1.3 billion Chase Center, the home of the Golden State Warriors that is slated to open in September.

The Wolf Pack has a signed contract to play Saint Mary's College on Dec. 21 in the San Francisco waterfront property.

The contract, obtained by Nevada Sports Net via a public records request, outlines the eighth known game of the Wolf Pack's 2019-20 non-conference schedule.

The Wolf Pack has home games against Utah (TBD date) and USC (Nov. 16) under contract as well as road games at Davidson (TBD date) and BYU (Dec. 10). It also will play three games in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands from No. 22-25 against potential opponents Cincinnati, Illinois State, Western Kentucky, Valparaiso, Fordham and Bowling Green. The pairings in that event will be set by RPI, per the contract.

Nevada and Saint Mary's last played in the 2016-17 season opener, a game the No. 17-ranked Gaels won, 81-63. The Wolf Pack has been unable to get Saint Mary's to play a home-and-home series, so the neutral-site location in the NBA's newest arena was struck. The game is part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame series, which the Wolf Pack has played in the last two seasons, with two games at the Staples Center (against TCU in 2017 and Arizona State in 2018) and one game at Talking Stick Resort Arena (against Grand Canyon in 2018).

Nevada is 33-51 all-time against Saint Mary's, with the bulk of those games being played before 1950. The teams have played five times since 2000, with Nevada going 3-2. Their only game over the last decade was the 2016 contest. Saint Mary's went 22-12 overall and 11-5 in the West Coast Conference last season and reached the NCAA Tournament after upsetting No. 1-ranked Gonzaga in the title game of the WCC Tournament. The Gaels lost to defending champion Villanova, 61-57, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Nevada-Saint Mary's game will be one of multiple college contests played at Chase Center. The other game(s) are unknown, although the contract does say, "if another opponent is available that is more desired to both schools, the BHOF, UN and Saint Mary's College can mutually agree upon a change of opponent for both schools. In any scenario, both UN and Saint Mary's College will participate in this event."

Per the contract, Nevada will get 75 complimentary tickets located in a premium seating section. Nevada will get a payment of $15,000 to play in the game that due between Dec. 22, 2019 and Jan. 22, 2020. All revenue from the game will go to the Basketball Hall of Fame and Chase Center. Nevada would owe $150,000 if it failed to participate in the event.

Nevada's projected 2019-20 schedule

Nov. 16: vs. USC

Nov. 22-25: at Paradise Jam (Virgin Islands), three games

Dec. 10: at BYU

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

TBD dates: Home game with Utah and road game at Davidson

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