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WCC explanation on Gonzaga’s schedule

The WCC released the conference schedule earlier this week and it raised eyebrows, particularly at Gonzaga and Portland. Scheduling is never simple, but it figured to get easier with a 10-team model (with the addition of Pacific) and the return of travel partners.

The Zags open with four straight home games, all with students on holiday break. For the second consecutive season, Gonzaga-Saint Mary's, the conference's best rivalry, will take place in Spokane with GU students on holiday break. Portland opens with five straight home games, the last vs. travel partner Gonzaga.

I asked WCC assistant commissioner Jeff Tourial for an explanation. His response is below.

WCC schedule: GU home early, away late

Gonzaga will be home for its first four West Coast Conference men’s basketball games and on the road for its last four, including the regular-season finale against Saint Mary’s.

The defending champion Bulldogs entertain Santa Clara to open WCC play Saturday, Dec. 28, followed by San Francisco’s visit two days later. Saint Mary’s and WCC newcomer Pacific come to Spokane the following week. The first four games will take place with students on holiday break.

More below.

Also, tickets for the Maui Invitational go on sale Wednesday.

WCC releases conference schedule

Gonzaga will open WCC play in December for the first time ever, entertaining Portland on Dec. 28. With the addition of BYU, the conference will go to a 16-game slate, prompting an early start to the WCC schedule.

The highly anticipated GU-BYU matchups will take place in February. The Bulldogs will visit BYU on Feb. 2 and entertain the Cougars on Feb. 23. The Zags games with Saint Mary's are on Jan. 12 (in Moraga) and Feb. 9 (in Spokane.

More on the schedule here and here.

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