The first men’s basketball game between Oregon and Gonzaga in 20 years could come Nov. 28 in the Bahamas.
The Ducks and Bulldogs are both on the bottom half of the bracket for the eight-team Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island.
Oregon closes out the opening night of the tournament Nov. 27 against Seton Hall at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Gonzaga faces Southern Mississippi at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
If the Ducks and Bulldogs both win or lose, they would face off the following day for the first time since Oregon’s 70-64 win at the Rainbow Classic on Dec. 29, 1999.
The top half of the bracket features Michigan versus Iowa State and North Carolina against Alabama in the opening round. The three-day tournament concludes Nov. 29.
The only previous meeting between Oregon and Seton Hall came during the same season the Ducks last faced Gonzaga. The Pirates defeated Oregon 72-71 in the opening round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
Seton Hall may be the favorite to win the Big East with the return of 6-foot-2 guard senior Myles Powell, who averaged 23.1 points per game last year as the Pirates went 20-14 with a loss to Wofford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tenth-year coach Kevin Willard returns 88 percent of his team’s scoring from last season as the Pirates will likely be ranked near the top 10 in preseason polls.
Oregon returns Payton Pritchard, Francis Okoro and Will Richardson from last season while adding junior-college transfer Chris Duarte and Anthony Mathis, a graduate transfer from New Mexico. Freshmen forwards Lok Wur, CJ. Walker and Chandler Lawson also join the roster.
In addition to three games in the Bahamas, Oregon’s nonconference schedule includes a game against Memphis in Portland on Nov. 12 and a trip to Michigan on Dec. 14. The Ducks will host Houston, Baylor and Boise State at Matthew Knight Arena.