Men's Basketball Announces 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule
SPOKANE, Wash, - Gonzaga University head men’s basketball coach Mark Few announced a 13-game non-conference schedule Wednesday for the 2014-15 season to accompany the 18-game West Coast Conference schedule previously released.
Gonzaga will face many new opponents this season, beginning with Thompson Rivers University of Kamloops, B.C. on Nov. 1. The matchup between the Zags and the Wolfpack will be Gonzaga’s lone exhibition contest.
The regular season will tip off Nov. 14as Sacramento State visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for the first of four straight home games to start the season. Sacramento State is a member of the Big Sky Conference.
SMU and Gonzaga will meet on Nov. 17 when the Mustangs come to town as part of the ESPN Tipoff Marathon. The American Athletic Conference squad is coached by long-time college and NBA coach Larry Brown. This will be the first meeting between the Zags and the 2014 NIT runner-up.
The NIT Season Tip-Off gets underway for Gonzaga on Nov. 19 as Saint Joseph’s comes to town for the first of two opening round games Gonzaga will host at the McCarthey Athletic Center before moving into the championship rounds in New York City. This will be the first meeting between the two programs since Nov. 29, 2007, when the Zags won an overtime thriller 70-65 in Philadelphia, Pa.
The opening round of the NIT Season Tip-off will conclude on Nov. 22 when Gonzaga plays host to St. Thomas Aquinas College of Sparkill, N.Y. This will be the first ever meeting between the two teams. St. Thomas Aquinas is a member of Division II’s Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Following the opening round games, Gonzaga moves on to the NIT Season Tip-Off’s championship rounds held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Gonzaga will meet the University of Georgia in the semifinal round on Nov. 26. After taking a day to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Zags will take on either the University of Minnesota or St. John’s University on Nov. 28 depending on the outcome of the game against Georgia. The NIT Season Tip-Off is one of the premier non-conference tournaments and has been held continuously since 1985.
Gonzaga will return home to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Dec. 2 to take on Southeastern Louisiana University. The Lions of Hammond, La. are members of the Southland Conference.
Following the solo home match, Gonzaga will face three members of the PAC-12 Conference in an eight day stretch. The Zags will first travel to Tucson, Ariz. on Dec. 6 to take on the University of Arizona Wildcats in a rematch of last season’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game.
The Bulldogs will then return to Spokane for a Dec. 10 tilt against Washington State University at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Last year’s game between these two teams, played at McCarthey Athletic Center, saw Gonzaga defeat Washington State 90-74. Gonzaga has won three straight in the series and five of the last six. Tickets for this game are currently available at www.gozags.com/tickets as well as any TicketsWest location.
Gonzaga will then hit the road once again before returning to the state of Washington for the remainder of its December non-conference schedule, traveling to Los Angeles, Calif. for a Dec. 13 matchup at UCLA. The teams last met in the memorable 2006 NCAA tournament game that saw the contest go down to the wire before UCLA pulled out a stunning 73-71 victory.
Gonzaga returns to the friendly confines of the McCarthey Athletic Center for its last home non-conference game in the 2014 calendar year as Texas Southern comes to town on Dec. 15.The only other contest between the two schools came Dec. 18, 2008, and resulted in an 84-42 Zag victory. A 2014 NCAA Tournament squad, the Tigers are coached by former Indiana and UAB coach Mike Davis.
The Zags then travel west of the Cascades for the 12th annual Battle in Seattle on Dec. 20. This year, Gonzaga welcomes 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Cal Poly of the Big West Conference to KeyArena for the yearly contest in Seattle. Ticket information for this game will be announced shortly.
On Jan. 31, 2015, Gonzaga will take a break from West Coast Conference play to welcome the University of Memphis to the McCarthey Athletic Center. Last season, Memphis defeated Gonzaga 60-54 in a thriller at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. This game has become a traditional battle featuring two premier men’s basketball programs.
Starting times and the complete television package will be updated on GoZags.com as they are determined.
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