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Jimmy Kimmel is coming to Houston for hilarious showdown with Ted Cruz

Jimmy Kimmel is coming to Houston for hilarious showdown with Ted Cruz

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Kimmel has a hoops showdown with Ted Cruz. Photo courtesy of ABC

Houston will be the site of one of the biggest basketball showdowns ever — and it has nothing to do with the NBA.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz and late night host Jimmy Kimmel will face each other in their highly-anticipated one-on-one basketball game Saturday, June 16 at Texas Southern University.

Kimmel announced the specific details of their matchup on June 11. The event is being called the Blobfish Basketball Classic. The opponents are playing for two charities: Kimmel's charity is Texas Children's Hospital and Cruz's is Third-Ward-based early childhood education group Generation One.

This showdown stems from when Kimmel said Cruz looked like a blobfish during Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals with the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. Cruz responded to the jab by challenging Kimmel on the court.

Doors for the game open at 2:30 pm Saturday, June 16 at the Health and Physical Education Arena on the TSU campus.

Tickets are free, but must be requested online. Attendees are also encouraged to donate to the charities.

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