Update to the update: St. Joe’s comes on. We got some basketball games.
Breaking: The Fort Myers Tip-Off field is set, sources tell CBS Sports. In addition to Kansas, Gonzaga and Auburn, the fourth team was decided this morning.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) October 28, 2020
Nov. 25: Gonzaga vs. Kansas | Auburn vs. Saint Joe’s.
Nov. 27: Gonzaga vs. Auburn | Kansas vs. Saint Joe's
Update: The game is as confirmed as games can be at the moment.
Sources: Kansas is now confirmed as a third participant in this MTE. Jayhawks will play Gonzaga on 11/25 and a fourth team that is TBD on 11/27. https://t.co/fqFxgA1CYu— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 27, 2020
After the Orlando bubble collapsed yesterday, teams immediately began to scramble looking for a way to secure some sort of non-conference slate. The Zags got a two-parter of news, but it is the new opponent that will have people drooling.
HUGE matchup in the works for opening night of CBB, sources tell CBS Sports: Kansas vs Gonzaga on Nov. 25 in Fort Myers. Auburn is also in this MTE. Fourth team is to-be-determined, but plan is then Auburn-Gonzaga would play Nov. 27, with Kansas playing TBD team that date too.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) October 27, 2020
This comes on the heels that Gonzaga’s MTE against Auburn was in the works of continuing, just needed a couple of more teams to fill it out. It looks like Kansas might be one of those teams, and we still might see Gonzaga playing basketball in the first game of the season.
Sources: Fort Myers has emerged as a location to host an MTE featuring both Gonzaga and Auburn. Other two teams are currently TBD. Games would be on 11/25 and 11/27.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 27, 2020
As Matt Norlander notes on Twitter, the MTE is not set in stone. Gonzaga is playing Kansas and Auburn, which means that those two teams still need to agree on a fourth squad to completely fill out the two-game tournament. Also, considering how everything has been going so far, it is hard to say anything is set in stone at the moment.
However, if the Zags and the other schools are able to pull this off, the shambles of a non-conference slate will still have more than its fair share of gems, with the Zags playing, at the minimum, Auburn, Kansas, Baylor, and Iowa.
Kansas is consistently ranked in many too-early top 25 rankings, alongside Baylor and Iowa.