Gonzaga Opens New-Look WCC Play Against Old Foe Portland
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University opens play in the new-look West Coast Conference, but it will be an old foe the Bulldogs face Wednesday when the University of Portland visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 6 p.m. showdown.
The addition of BYU to the conference fray gives the WCC nine schools and marks the first addition to the league since Gonzaga joined for the 1979-80 season. The Gonzaga-Portland clash Wednesday is the lone WCC game on tap that day, with two other games scheduled for Thursday including BYU traveling to Saint Mary's in what figures to be a key matchup.
Gonzaga leads the all-time series with Portland 87-65 and has won 16 straight in the series since the Pilots took a 72-68 victory Feb. 19, 2003, in the Martin Centre, the former home of the Bulldogs next door to the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags have won 30 of the last 31 meetings since Portland took a 76-68 victory in the 1996 West Coast Conference Tournament Championship held at Santa Clara University. Portland won the second regular-season meeting between the teams in 1996, and the WCC title-game win was the last time the Pilots have taken two straight victories in the series.
Gonzaga is 7-0 against Portland in the McCarthey Athletic Center since the facility opened for the 2005 season.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few is 23-1 against Portland in his 12 previous seasons as head coach. Portland head coach Eric Reveno is 0-10 against Gonzaga in his five previous seasons on the Pilots bench.
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