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Angelo Roncalli
08-04-2010, 01:43 PM
SPOKANE, Wash. (Aug. 4, 2010 – http://www.gozags.com) – Greg LaFleur, father of Gonzaga University men’s basketball redshirt junior Rob Sacre, will more than likely have some mixed emotions when Southern University opens the 2010-11 men’s basketball season at Gonzaga Nov. 12.
Bulldog head coach Mark Few announced the remainder of the Bulldogs non-conference slate Wednesday, featuring the “Family Feud” opener.
LaFleur will not only be wearing the hat of a father, but that of Southern University athletic director when the Jaguars and the Bulldogs do battle.
“We’ve been talking about doing this for a couple of years, and this year it worked out,” Few said of the matchup.
Southern is located in Baton Rouge, La., and is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. It will be the inaugural meeting between the Bulldogs and the Jags.
The Bulldogs will play their lone exhibition game against a southern of another school – Southern Oregon University of Ashland, Ore., Nov. 5, at home.
Three 2010 NCAA Tournament teams also dot the remainder of the Bulldogs non-conference schedule.
One of the biggest games on the Bulldog schedule will be Dec. 11 in South Bend, Ind., against the University of Notre Dame. The two Catholic institutions will be meeting on the hardwood for the first time. Gonzaga is a member of the Society of Jesus, while The Fighting Irish are affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. Notre Dame, a member of the Big East Conference, advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Xavier University, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, will meet the Bulldogs in the McCarthey Athletic Center Dec. 22. The Musketeers, who tied for the A-10 regular-season title with Temple University at 14-2, advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season. Xavier, 26-9 in 2010, was ranked 14th in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and 25th in the final Associated Press balloting.
The Bulldogs will play their first game of 2011 nearly 2,100 miles from home Jan. 2 when they head to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face ACC foe Wake Forest University. Gonzaga will be out to avenge last season’s 77-75 loss to the Demon Deacons in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Wake Forest advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to No. 1 seed University of Kentucky.
Gonzaga hosts nearby rival Eastern Washington University Nov. 30, the Bulldogs aiming for their 23rd straight victory over the Eagles and their 31st in the last 32 games.
Following final exams to end the first semester the Bulldogs will host Lewis-Clark State College Dec. 16. Gonzaga is 8-0 against the Warriors. Lafayette College of Easton, Pa., will provide the opposition Dec. 29 at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Leopards, 19-13 overall and 8-6 for third place in the Patriot League a year ago, lost to Lehigh University in the title game of the Patriot League Tournament for the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The final non-conference game on the Gonzaga slate is Feb. 28 against Cal State-Bakersfield for Senior Night which will honor Steven Gray, the Bulldogs lone senior this season. The game will be the final tune-up for the Bulldogs prior to the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.
Nine games on the Gonzaga non-conference schedule had been announced earlier with the Bulldogs meeting IUPUI Nov. 14 and San Diego State University Nov. 16 in Regional Round games of the College Basketball Experience. Gonzaga will join defending national champion Duke University, Marquette University and Kansas State University Nov. 22-23 in Kansas City, Mo., for the Championship Round games of the CBE.
The Bulldogs will also face the University of Illinois Dec. 4 in the 8th annual Battle in Seattle; Washington State University in Pullman Dec. 8; Baylor University Dec. 18 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, in The Showcase; Oklahoma State University in the McCarthey Athletic Center Dec. 31, and the University of Memphis Feb. 5 in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic in the Spokane Arena.
All Bulldog Club members have been mailed an order form with ticket information for the Battle in Seattle, The Showcase, the RMHC Classic and the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets to The Showcase also include the other half of the double-header event pitting the University of Arkansas against Texas A&M.
In addition to the Bulldog Club pre-sale currently underway, there will be a Spokane-only pre-sale for the Battle in Seattle beginning Sept. 11, with tickets to the general public going on sale Sept. 18, both sales through Ticketmaster.com. The ticket information mailed also explains how Bulldog Club members can order RMHC Classic tickets during a Bulldog Club pre-sale in November through TicketsWest.com. Tickets to the Memphis game are included in the men's basketball season ticket package.
Due to the high demand and very limited quantities for tickets to the WSU game, Gonzaga's allotment will be offered on a priority-points basis by invitation.
The WCC schedule is being finalized. All game times and television details will also be announced as they become available.

08-04-2010, 01:59 PM
Following final exams to end the first semester the Bulldogs will host Lewis-Clark State College Dec. 16.

It's nice to know that Gonzaga will be playing a post-finals week K2 game before they travel to Dallas to take on Baylor.

Lafayette College of Easton, Pa., will provide the opposition Dec. 29 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

There's your post-Xmas break K2 game to shake off the rust before Oklahoma State comes into town.

08-04-2010, 02:01 PM
This line made me laugh a bit...

Notre Dame, a member of the Big East Conference, advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.


08-04-2010, 02:24 PM
Article says Southern Oregon University of Ashland, Ore is lone exhibition game. However, Lewis-Clark State College is also NAIA.

Looks like:

Date Team Location
Fri, Nov 5 Southern Oregon University McCarthy Athletic Center
Fri, Nov 12 Southern University McCarthy Athletic Center
Sun, Nov 14 IUPUI Spokane McCarthy Athletic Center
Tue, Nov 16 San Diego State Spokane McCarthy Athletic Center
Nov 22-23 Duke, K-State, and Marquette Kansas City
Tue, Nov 30 Eastern Washington University McCarthy Athletic Center
Sat, Dec 4 Illinois Seattle, WA
Wed, Dec 8 Washington State Pullman, WA
Sat, Dec 11 Notre Dame Southbend, Ind.
Thu, Dec 16 Lewis-Clark State College McCarthy Athletic Center
Sat, Dec 18 Baylor AA Arena, Dallas
Wed, Dec 22 Xavier McCarthy Athletic Center
Wed, Dec 29 Lafayette College McCarthy Athletic Center
Fri, Dec 31 Oklahoma State McCarthy Athletic Center
Sun, Jan 2 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, NC
Sat, Feb 5 Memphis Spokane Arena - Ronald McDonaldHouse
Sun, Feb 28 Cal State Bakersfield McCarthy Athletic Center

08-04-2010, 02:32 PM
Except Bakersfield. Gray deserves better in his sendoff.

08-04-2010, 02:45 PM
Don't sleep on the leopards...they are mad bombers from 3 and have all but 2 back from a decent team.....they also have a 7 foot frosh and a heady, veteran coach....

08-04-2010, 03:21 PM
Well-timed cupcakes amid the toughies.

Would rather see a D2 team than Bakersfield. RPI will plummet again.

This sked gives the team every opportunity to succeed. If they don't, it's on them, not the sked.

08-04-2010, 03:24 PM
So, 10 true home games this season....that is wonderful. Only had 8 last year and that included: Alberta, IPFWU and Augustana. Then games in the Arena, Pullman and Seattle. I like.

08-04-2010, 05:35 PM
17 in K2 + 1 in the Arena! Can't ever remember that many @ home.

So what, Lorenzo doesn't want to play but helps with scheduling?

08-04-2010, 08:22 PM
It looks like Few borrowed part of a page from Lorenzo Romar with at least seven certifiable patsies in the pre-season sched. Glad there is a possibility of a rematch with Duke--with Scheyer gone that lockdown defense might lose its luster, hopefully. And Gonzaga will be thinking revenge for their most embarassing whupping in recent years.

08-04-2010, 09:17 PM
It looks like Few borrowed part of a page from Lorenzo Romar with at least seven certifiable patsies in the pre-season sched.

Maybe a page, but not the whole book :)

This year's non-league schedule is no different than last year's, really, except there are more home games. Keep in mind that Southern Oregon is an exhibition game, and Few didn't schedule IUPUI - the CBE folks did. Gonzaga deserves a break because they're forced to take on a preseason top 25 SDSU team right after IUPUI. The other CBE teams have it easy. All in all, I see 6 non-league games this season that could be called cupcake games. Last year's team played 6 cupcake games as well. There's little difference.

After giving it some thought, I think this is by far and away the best non-league schedule that the GU schedulers have ever constructed since Gonzaga started having some sort of control over its scheduling. They are to be congratulated. Like BZ, the only thing I would change is a D-2 school in place of Bakersfield.

The schedule will be just as daunting as most of the recent schedules have been, but several positive adjustments have been made. It's not just the decision to insert two cupcakes after finals and after Xmas....but the great decision to give the team a big game break between the CBE Classic and EWU. There's more home games, which means GU will have more practice and rest time. The amount of traveling and the pace of the games have been set up to maintain both the health and sanity of the team and its coaching staff. Gonzaga has had too many losses in recent years which I feel can be directly attributed to the team not being ready to play due to too much travel, not enough practicing, horrible game pacing, etc. Either that, or the team's poor mental and physical condition turned what should've been a respectable loss into a horrific blow out (see Duke last year).

This year's team has no excuses. The schedule is tough, but it has been designed to put the Zags in a position to win. That's all that can be asked from the schedulers. Now the team needs to do its part.

08-04-2010, 10:23 PM
17 plus 1 exhibition..... OOC games. Seems more than the past few years. Lots of work for the youngins....

08-04-2010, 11:45 PM
Would it be asking too much if just once we played Drexel?


08-05-2010, 05:40 AM
17 plus 1 exhibition..... OOC games. Seems more than the past few years. Lots of work for the youngins....

Only one more game than last year!

08-05-2010, 08:50 AM
Will GU play Illinois next year @Illinois, or is the series done after this?

08-05-2010, 09:04 AM
Gonzaga plays at Illinois in 2011/12, and then the Illini come to K2 in 2012/13.

08-05-2010, 09:16 AM
With OK State and Wake, it looks like we're taking a step up in the teams we play with no rest after flying cross country. This will turn out just like last year!


08-05-2010, 09:59 AM
Nov. 22 - Kansas State (Kansas City, MO.)
Nov. 23 - Duke or Marquette (Kansas City, MO.)