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BYU to open 2014-15 WCC basketball schedule with Gonzaga

By Jeff Call, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Aug. 18 12:23 p.m. MDT

 Brigham Young Cougars forward Nate Austin (33)  and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) scramble for the ball during NCAA basketball in Provo Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.  The score was tied 39-39 at half.

Brigham Young Cougars forward Nate Austin (33) and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) scramble for the ball during NCAA basketball in Provo Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The score was tied 39-39 at half.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — The West Coast Conference released its 2014-15 basketball schedule Monday, revealing that BYU will tip off league play against perennial power Gonzaga in Provo.

The Cougars and Bulldogs meet Dec. 27 at the Marriott Center during Christmas break on BYU's campus. It's a rematch of the WCC tournament championship game last March won by the ’Zags.

BYU and Gonzaga won’t meet again until two months later in Spokane, on Feb. 28, in the regular-season finale for both teams.

This year’s WCC schedule features a double round-robin format. Unlike last season, the Cougars will face all nine conference foes in each half of the schedule.

All of BYU’s conference games will be played on a Thursday or Saturday, except one — a Dec. 29 game at home against Portland.

The Cougars will play no more than three consecutive road games.

BYU visits Saint Mary’s on Jan. 17 and hosts the Gaels on Feb. 12.

The 2015 WCC tournament will take place March 5-10 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

BYU's 2014-15 WCC Schedule

Dec. 27 (Saturday) — Gonzaga

Dec. 29 (Monday) — Portland

Jan. 1 (Thursday) — at Santa Clara

Jan. 3 (Saturday) — at San Francisco

Jan. 8 (Thursday) — Pepperdine

Jan. 10 (Saturday) — Loyola Marymount

Jan. 15 (Thursday) — at Pacific

Jan. 17 (Saturday) — at Saint Mary's

Jan. 24 (Saturday) — at San Diego

Jan. 29 (Thursday) — San Francisco

Jan. 31 (Saturday) — Santa Clara

Feb. 5 (Thursday) — at Pepperdine

Feb. 7 (Saturday) — at Loyola Marymount

Feb. 12 (Thursday) — Saint Mary's

Feb. 14 (Saturday) — Pacific

Feb. 19 (Thursday) — San Diego

Feb. 26 (Thursday) — at Portland

Feb. 28 (Saturday) — at Gonzaga

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1. LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 18, 2014

I'm disappointed that the WCC would schedule one of the biggest games of the conference schedule during Christmas break; that just doesn't make any sense.

I like that WCC, but their lack of vision in scheduling is atrocious.

2. souptwins
Lindon, UT,
Aug. 18, 2014

The WCC "vision" may be perfectly in tune with their purposes. They've long been known for setting up an easier road for the perennial favorites. Letting the conference darling play their toughest in conf. road game over Christmas break and the first of the season sounds just too good to be coincidental --- if you're GU anyway. I'm not opposes to having BYU play GU anytime, anywhere but really? Do people think this isn't by design?

3. Levin
Reno, NV,
Aug. 18, 2014

It is odd scheduling. Looks like it won't be an ESPN game, as that day is back-to-back-to-back bowl games. Probably ESPN2, which only has one bowl game at 2 pm Mountain.

Also, though, would be fun for Cougar fans visiting Utah for Christmas to catch some of the Marriott Center magic.

4. Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA,
Aug. 18, 2014

I always look forward to the BYU - Gonzaga game. The Zags have reloaded and should be a top 20 team again. It's an impossible ticket when BYU comes to Spokane. Then again, any Gonzaga home game is a very tough ticket. I've never understood why the build such a great new facility, but only for 6,000. They could sale out 8 - 10K with now problem.

5. Striker
Omaha, NE,
Aug. 18, 2014

It takes out some of the power of the home game during the break, but then again lots of people will be in town for Christmas. Some of the student section will be gone, but I am sure the other seats will be quite full. I feel bad for the Gonzaga team who has to travel as soon as Christmas is over. They should give all students a break and not schedule games until New Years. No one should have to be studying/practicing basketball on Christmas. Give the kids a break.