As is often the case, Gonzaga’s non-conference schedule will give the Bulldogs a handful of opportunities to rack up Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 victories over the brand’s opponents before opening the West Coast Conference game.
A month after publishing his WCC schedule, Gonzaga presented his full list for the period 2021-22 on Friday. The 30-game schedule opens with two exhibition games before nine conference contests at the McCarthey Athletic Center and five more in neutral venues.
Ahead of Gonzaga’s long-awaited home game on November 13 against Texas, a game he could face in the top five, the Bulldogs will play two showdown games against Eastern Oregon (October 31) and Lewis- Clark State (Nov. 9) and a no-conference home game with Dixie State (Nov. 9).
It’s still unclear how many of the first GU games can be played without Mark Few after the longtime GU coach was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence while returning from his vacation home in Hayden Lake on the night of the 6th. of September.
When GU hosts Texas, it will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools, as the Bulldogs will try to reach their all-time record against the Longhorns at 4-0. At the last meeting, GU beat UT 76-71 at the Portland PK80 invitation on November 26, 2017.
GU will continue with two more games at the Kennel, against Alcorn State (November 15) and Bellarmine (November 19), before traveling to Las Vegas for the Empire Classic.
The Bulldogs will play downtown Michigan on Nov. 22 at T-Mobile Arena before making their UCLA feud on Nov. 23 in a rematch of the Final Four that could be one of the most intriguing games on the college basketball conference calendar. 2021 to 22. The Bruins return the five starters of last year’s team that ran by surprise to Indianapolis to host a national semifinals clash with Gonzaga.
Although the Empire Classic will end on November 23, the Bulldogs will stay in Las Vegas to play Duke in another game without high-level conferences on November 26. be directed for the first time Paolo Banchero, a potential five-star Seattle star who was considering the Bulldogs before signing with Duke.
Gonzaga returns home for a game against Tarleton State (November 29) before traveling across the state to play Alabama (December 4) at the Battle of Seattle at the Climate Pledge Arena. The Crimson Tide is expected to start the season in the Top 25 after losing to UCLA last year’s Sweet 16.
Four of GU’s last five non-conference games will take place in Spokane, as the Bulldogs will host Merrimack (December 9), Washington (December 12), Northern Arizona (December 20) and North Alabama (December 28). The fifth game is a Dec. 18 neutral clash with Texas Tech at the Jerry Colangelo Classic at the Phoenix Footprint Center. The Bulldogs and Red Raiders haven’t played since 2019, when Texas Tech beat Gonzaga 76-69 at the Elite Eight before finally moving on to the national championship where they would lose to Virginia.
After finishing the non-conference board, Gonzaga will not get the advantage of a long break. The Bulldogs open WCC on the San Diego Highway just two days after hosting North Alabama at the Kennel.
Information on schedules and television for GU non-conference games will be published soon.