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Both events will feature intersquad scrimmages and skills competitions, with players and coaches hosting interviews after the on-the-court festivities.

Get ready to go Krazy.

Gonzaga men’s basketball has confirmed Nov. 12 as the date for this year’s Numerica Kraziness in the Kennel, and GU women’s basketball has also announced the date for Numerica Fan Fest on Nov. 10

Both events will be put on in the McCarthey Athletic Center, but neither event will have any spectators in attendance. Kraziness in the Kennel will be solely broadcasted live on KHQ-TV at 8 p.m. PST, and Fan Fest will be broadcasted live on SWX at 6 p.m. PST with a stream on as well. 

This will be fans’ first chance to witness the 2020-21 rosters for each team on the court in action, something much anticipated for both squads as the men’s team is the widely agreed-upon preseason No. 1 team in the country, and ESPN’s latest preseason top 25 for women’s basketball has the Zags at No. 24 nationally.

Both the Numerica Kraziness in the Kennel and Fan Fest will feature an intersquad scrimmage, and then players will compete against one another in skills competitions similar to previous years’ renditions of these events. According to news releases sent out by GU Athletics, after each on-the-court showcase by the teams, “several student-athletes and coaches” will have interviews that fans will get to listen to. This will give the audience an opportunity to hear from each team about what they’re anticipating for the upcoming season.

In assurance that the players and coaches are healthy and safe going into the start of their seasons, GU and its athletic department will begin arranging a controlled environment for the teams in preparation for their upcoming preseason events. The university will continue to coordinate with the Spokane Regional Health District in setting up proper COVID-19 safety protocols that will dynamically fit each team’s situation throughout the season.

The preseason events will come approximately two weeks before the NCAA season is scheduled to get underway on Nov. 25. Men’s basketball is likely to have its first regular season matchup of the year against Auburn in Orlando as part of a four team tournament that also includes Texas A&M and Houston. 

The women’s team has nothing concretely set outside of its conference schedule which begins Dec. 28, but head coach Lisa Fortier said that they’re aiming on signing a contract soon to play in a tournament in Washington, D.C., that first post-Thanksgiving weekend, and that 19th ranked DePaul would potentially be their first opponent in that tournament. Both teams are still working on filling up the remaining vacancies in their nonconference schedules.

Asher Ali is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @asher_ali3.

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