After a 10-year hiatus, one of the most heated rivalries in the Northwest will return after Washington and Gonzaga agreed to a four-year series starting in 2016. The games will alternate between UW’s Alaska Airlines Arena and Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center.
“This series is great for the fans of our state,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a release from the school. “The fans have shown that they really appreciate the game with Washington and Gonzaga. I mean, every one of them since we’ve been here has been a sellout, or close to it. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and hype centered around the game when these two teams meet.”
“We always knew we would resume the series,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said in a . “But our schedules have been full the last few years. We have an opportunity in 2016-17 and both teams were agreeable to playing.”
Few added: “Our home-and-homes have been great. Certainly when we did play Washington the games were very high intensity, great crowds and great passion. We hope to have that same feeling with the next four years of the series.”
The teams first met in 1910 and have played 43 times, with Washington holding a 29-14 lead. Between 1997 and 2006, they met each year, alternating between their campus arenas. The Zags won eight of the 10 games.
Washington discontinued the series following a 97-77 defeat in December 2006.