Men's Basketball Schedule Announced
Sept. 28, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's basketball schedule for 2001-02 was finalized Friday, including the most comprehensive television slate in school history.
The Bulldogs, who open the regular season Nov. 16 at the University of Illinois, will have no fewer than 22 of 29 regular-season games televised. The opener will be televised in the Midwest on ESPN Regional, and athletic director Mike Roth said efforts are underway to bring the game back to the Spokane market.
The television schedule includes a 10-game package being produced locally by KHQ-TV Channel 6. Several of those games will be televised on PAX, channel 8 on the AT&T Broadband cable system in Spokane and also available on UHF channel 34. The first KHQ-produced game will be the home opener Sunday, Nov. 18, against the University of Montana at 3 p.m. to be shown on KHQ-TV. The local NBC affiliate will also broadcast the Bulldogs' game Sunday, Jan. 13, when the University of San Diego visits for a 3 p.m. contest. Eight other games will be shown on PAX.
Gonzaga will also appear on FOX Sports Northwest eight times this season, including three games from The Kennel. The first FOX broadcast will be Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. when Gonzaga meets Fresno State University at The Forum in Los Angeles, Calif. The FSU game is the first half of a doubleheader being promoted as The Fab Four with West Coast Conference foe Pepperdine University facing the University of Southern California in the nightcap.
The Fab Four is one of two premier events involving the Bulldogs this season. Gonzaga will participate in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout from Anchorage Nov. 21-24, the Bulldogs meeting St. John's University Thanksgiving Day in their first round game. That game will be televised on ESPN, one of as many as six regular-season appearances the Bulldogs could make on ESPN this season. Gonzaga's ESPN slate was announced earlier, including a Feb. 16 home date against Pepperdine from The Kennel to be aired on ESPN2.
"We are extremely pleased with our television package this season," Roth said. "We are particularly pleased because it gives our fans a chance to see us both home and away. To have so many homes games televised is a benefit for those who are unable to get tickets, and we are always interested in having our road games televised in the Spokane area."
Roth said Gonzaga games are virtually sold out for the third straight season, making television exposure all the more important.
"We'll have very few games when tickets will be available to the general public. Our reserved seats are sold out, and our students, staff and faculty will claim their allotted tickets for most of our home games," Roth said. "Because of that, television coverage is even more important to us."
Gonzaga's complete schedule can be found elsewhere on this web site.
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