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Zags to Add Home-and-Home Series With Arizona, UCLA

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Mark Few was pleased to announce that Gonzaga will be facing UCLA and Arizona in the upcoming seasons. (Photo: Gonzaga Athletics) Mark Few was pleased to announce that Gonzaga will be facing UCLA and Arizona in the upcoming seasons. (Photo: Gonzaga Athletics)

by Gonzaga Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University head men’s basketball coach Mark Few said Wednesday the Bulldogs have entered into home-and-home series with Pacific-12 Conference foes UCLA and the University of Arizona beginning this coming season.

The Zags will play the Bruins Dec. 13 in famed Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus and host the Bruins the following year in a game tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12, 2015. The Gonzaga-Arizona series will start in Tucson this coming Dec. 6, with no date set yet for the return game.

“Obviously, we are excited about the opportunity to play both UCLA and Arizona home-and-home,” Few said. “It’s great for our fans, our program and for all college basketball fans, especially the ones out West that get to see the three of us playing home-and-home.”

Few also said West Coast Conference expansion has meant more conference games and fewer home-and-home non-conference opportunities.

“With our limited home-and-home situations we have with our league expanding this is a real neat opportunity,” Few noted.

The WCC has added two teams over the past three seasons which means the WCC is now an 18-game regular-season schedule rather than a 14-game slate.

Gonzaga and Arizona met this past March in a NCAA Tournament Third Round game at San Diego State University, the top-seeded Wildcats taking an 84-61 verdict.

Prior to this year’s NCAA matchup the Bulldogs and Wildcats had played four other times. Arizona claimed a home victory over the Zags Nov. 29, 2000; a March 23, 2003, NCAA Tournament meeting in Salt Lake City, and a Dec. 14, 2008, verdict in The Duel in the Desert showcase event in Phoenix. Gonzaga’s lone win in the series came in the Dec. 17, 2011, Battle in Seattle at KeyArena.

The 2003 meeting was a memorable 96-95 double-overtime victory for the Wildcats in a NCAA Tournament game that still ranks as one of the all-time best and was dubbed an “instant classic” by ESPN.

Gonzaga and UCLA will be meeting for the third time. The Zags took a 59-43 victory in Pauley Pavilion Dec. 11, 1999, in a game that set a then-Pauley Pavilion record for fewest points allowed by an opponent. The second meeting came March 23, 2006, in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Oakland, Calif., the Bruins coming from behind for the 73-71 win.

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