As announced two years ago, UW and Gonzaga will face off in a home-and-home series starting with a game at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane December 7, 2016. Originally the contract was for a four-year commitment, but as of now games are only officially scheduled for 2016 at Gonzaga and 2017 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
No doubt a featured story line of the match up will be Gonzaga’s addition of former Husky guard Nigel Williams-Goss. The second-team All-Pac-12 point guard transferred from UW following the 2014-15 season and the junior will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs this season after red shirting in 2015-16. Williams-Goss led the Huskies in scoring (15.6) and assists (5.9) two seasons ago. While facing the coach who recruited him in Lorenzo Romar, Willaims-Goss will hardly recognize a roster that only includes Donaven Dorsey and little-used reserves Dan Kingma, KJ Garret and Greg Bowman from 2014-2015.
Gonzaga, fresh off a Sweet 16 appearance last season, loses star forward Domantas Sabonis to the NBA draft, as well as forward Kyle Wiltjer to graduation. Washington will be replacing its top three scorers, but have a wealth of young talent returning as well as prized recruit Markelle Fultz.
UW and Gonzaga played last season Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas with the Zags winning 80-64. Overall, Washington leads the series 29-15, but have dropped 9 of the last 10. UW last defeated Gonzaga in 2005, 99-95 in Seattle.