No. 9 Gonzaga begins a three-game run against Pac-12 opponents starting with today’s 2:15 p.m. matchup at No. 3 Arizona.
There’s a lot on the line for both teams and the Pac-12, which is 3-5 against ranked teams.
For the Zags, it’s a chance to avenge their 84-61 loss to Arizona in the NCAA tournament in March. After today’s showdown, the Bulldogs play Washington State on Wednesday at the Spokane Arena before next Saturday’s game at UCLA.
In an interview with Bud Withers Zags coach Mark Few said: “This is what we should be doing in college basketball. A lot of people just got so crazy with their (soft) scheduling. They’re so worried, or whatever, about their jobs.”
When asked about Arizona’s nonconference schedule and Wildcats coach Sean Miller, Few added: “He’s scheduling for a No. 1 seed. We’re trying to schedule for the same.”
Arizona (7-0) beat then-No. 15 San Diego State in the Maui Invitational two weeks ago and take on No. 17 Michigan on Dec. 13.
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— ICYMI, No. 13 San Diego State tuned up for Sunday’s game at Washington with a convincing 57-48 win against San Diego. Here’s another take on the game in which San Diego coach Bill Grier had this to say about the Aztecs defense: “You really can’t prepare, until you see it in person, particularly for your young players, and their length and the way they defend. I can’t emulate it in practice for our guys. We just don’t have that.”
— Here’s a informative breakdown of the Arizona-Gonzaga matchup.
— The Wildcats and Zags are vying for the best of the West title.
— Portland, not Oregon State, is the host and favorite for today’s game between the Pac-12 and WCC teams.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Arizona State (5-2) at Texas A&M (5-1), 11 a.m. …………… SEC Network
USTA (3-1) at Washington State (3-4), 12 p.m. ……………. Pac-12 Networks
No. 9 Gonzaga (7-0) at No. 3 Arizona (7-0), 2:15 p.m. …. ESPNOregon State (4-2) at Portland (6-1), 7 p.m. ……………….. No TV