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Holiday feast: Gonzaga, Kansas will clash in Florida on Thanksgiving Day

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 7, 2020

Gonzaga coach Mark Few, shown talking to players during a timeout in a Dec. 2019 game, will lead the Zags against Kansas in the season opener on Thanksgiving Day in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga coach Mark Few, shown talking to players during a timeout in a Dec. 2019 game, will lead the Zags against Kansas in the season opener on Thanksgiving Day in Fort Myers, Florida. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Add another item to the Thanksgiving Day menu: Gonzaga vs. Kansas.

The national powers will open their seasons Nov. 26 at the Fort Myers Tip-Off. The game tips at 10:30 a.m. PST, with Adam Amin and Bill Raftery on the call for FOX. Auburn faces St. Joseph’s in the second game on FS1.

Gonzaga faces Auburn on Nov. 27 at 8 a.m. on FOX, with Kansas and St. Joseph’s squaring off at 11 a.m. on FS1. Games will be played at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.

The official schedule was released Friday. The only change from previous reports was the date of the openers, on Nov. 26 instead of Nov. 25.

The Gonzaga-Kansas game will air on FOX prior to the Dallas Cowboys-Washington Football Team NFL game at 1:30.

Kansas beat the visiting Zags 80-66 in 1998 in the only previous meeting between the teams. Gonzaga is No. 1 and Kansas No. 7 in CBS Sports’ preseason Top 25 and 1 rankings.

The Zags have never faced Auburn, which has posted three consecutive seasons with at least 25 wins and made the 2019 Final Four.

Event organizers said an “extremely limited” number of fans will be allowed to attend via socially distanced pairs of tickets. Fans are asked to submit a ticket request at fortmyerstipoff.com/tickets.

Officials will contact fans on a first-come, first-served basis.

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