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The journey to Vegas for a potential back-to-back WCC title begins for GU on Jan. 2 when they take on San Francisco in The Kennel. 

Gonzaga men’s basketball has its conference schedule for the 2020-21 season set as the WCC announced the conference’s entire slate of matchups for the upcoming season on Thursday. Sixteen conference matchups have been lined up for the Zags over a nine-week span that culminates in the WCC Championships in Las Vegas from March 4-9. 

The WCC season officially gets underway Dec. 31, but GU’s first matchup comes on Jan. 2 when the San Francisco Dons travel to Spokane for the first officially scheduled game of the 2020-21 season to be played at the McCarthey Athletic Center. 

After Santa Clara comes to town on Jan. 7, the Zags begin a four-game stretch of alternating away and home matchups. They travel to the University of Portland Jan. 9, are back in the Kennel to face off against Pepperdine Jan. 14, visit Saint Mary’s Jan. 16 and then return home on Jan. 23 for a matchup against Pacific. 

After their brief stay at home, the Bulldogs will round out the first month of conference action in Southern California with San Diego on Jan. 28 and Pepperdine on Jan. 30.

They then return to Spokane for a two-game home stand starting with Loyola Marymount on Feb. 4 and then a Feb. 6 matchup against BYU, the only WCC team to beat the Zags last season.

The Zags embark on a two-game road trip to the northern part of the Golden State to take on Santa Clara Feb. 11 and San Francisco Feb. 13 before competing in their final regular season home games against Saint Mary’s Feb. 18 and San Diego Feb. 20.

To round out WCC regular season competition, the Zags will travel to Stockton for a Feb. 25 game against Pacific, and then to Utah to play BYU on Feb. 27 as the final game of the season. 

Once the WCC Championships get underway March 4, GU will look to claim its 24th WCC title and hoist the conference trophy like last season. 

As it sits now, GU’s schedule for the 2020-21 season includes the 16 WCC conference games, the Orlando Invitational Nov. 25-27, the Jimmy V Classic against No. 12 Tennessee Dec. 2,  No. 2 Baylor in Indianapolis on Dec. 5 and Iowa on Dec. 19. This leaves a possibility for three more nonconference matchups to be scheduled for the  preseason No. 1 team in the nation before the NCAA basketball season gets underway Nov. 25.

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

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