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Report: Tennessee to square off with Gonzaga in Phoenix

Vols and Bulldogs are set to play for the third time in four years.

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga vs Tennessee Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, Tennessee will add its apparently new West Coast rival Gonzaga to its non-conference basketball schedule for the 2018-19 season.

The meeting will be the third in the last four years between the teams, all on neutral courts.

The Vols lost 86-79 to the Zags in Seattle in 2015, despite a furious second half comeback. In 2016, the teams met in Nashville and Tennessee fell 86-86 to the eventual national runner-up.

The 2018 game is slated as part of the Jerry Colangelo Classic, which will take place on Dec. 9 in Phoenix. Both Tennessee and Gonzaga are projected to begin the season ranked inside the Top 10.

Tennessee adds Gonzaga to a non-conference schedule which already includes games against Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Memphis and two of Kansas, Louisville and Marquette in the NIT Tip-Off.