Gonzaga adds Eastern Oregon to round out non-conference schedule | Sports

Oct. 5 – The marquee and most non-marquee matchups have been known for a while, so there was only one new entry when Gonzaga released his full non-conference basketball schedule on Tuesday.

The Zags will face four teams in the Top 25 of most preseason rankings — and the possibility of a top-five addition — as well as an exhibition contest against another ranked opponent.

The slate is highlighted by Kentucky, No. 4 in the ESPN and CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 rankings, on Nov. 20 at Spokane Arena. Wildcats coach John Calipari has made it clear he doesn’t want to play at GU’s 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center. The second leg will take place at the famous Rupp Arena next season.

Other matchups include Texas (#11 ESPN, #12 CBS Sports) on Nov. 16 in Austin; Baylor (#7 CBS Sports, #8 ESPN) Dec. 2 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Alabama (#20 ESPN, #23 CBS Sports) on Dec. 17 in Birmingham.

Gonzaga, who is ranked No. 1 by CBS Sports and No. 2 by ESPN, could face No. 5 Duke if both teams advance to the Phil Knight Legacy Bracket Championship game at the PK85 Thanksgiving Tournament in Portland.

GU also takes on Michigan State, which recently slipped off the CBS Sports rankings, Nov. 11 on an aircraft carrier in San Diego Harbor.

The Zags and Tennessee (#9 CBS Sports, #12 ESPN) will host an exhibition game Oct. 28 in Frisco, Texas.

Gonzaga’s home schedule includes an exhibition match against Warner Pacific on Nov. 2; the season opener against North Florida on Nov. 7; Kent State on December 5; Washington on December 9; Northern Illinois on December 12; Montana on December 20; and Eastern Oregon, the newest addition to the program, on Dec. 28. GU entertains Chicago State on March 1 for Senior Day.

The Zags beat NAIA Eastern Oregon 115-62 last season in an exhibition game. The Mountaineers finished 18-13, including 12-10 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, last season.

The Gonzaga-Washington series resumes after last year’s game was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns in the Huskies’ schedule. Gonzaga has won six in a row, including an 83-76 win at Seattle in December 2019, last meeting, and 13 of the last 14. GU will visit UW next season and in 2026 with the Huskies returning to the kennels in 2025.

Gonzaga opens PK85 against Portland State on Nov. 24, with either Purdue or West Virginia as potential second-round matchups.

Gonzaga’s annual Kraziness in the kennel is at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Zags open the West Coast Conference game against Pepperdine on Dec. 31.

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