LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 05: Kevin Pangos #4 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs drives against Kyle Rowley #5 of the Saint Mary's Gaels during the championship game of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saint Mary's won 78-74 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of Gonzaga's rise to success has been the WCC's partnership with ESPN. While the Zags are the main attraction and the biggest reason ESPN continues to come back and cover the conference, the exposure that Gonzaga has gotten has been wildly beneficial. The 2012-13 season is a continuation in this wonderful partnership as 17 Gonzaga games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. While a majority will be on ESPN2 or ESPNU, having over half of their games nationally covered is a tremendous accomplishment.
As we have discussed a number of times on this site, Gonzaga's 2012-13 schedule sets up very nicely. It has the potential for some great matchups and features some tough teams but it is by no means as rigorous as some in years past. Most importantly, the travel requirements are far more favorable to the Bulldogs. Some of the quick highlights that jump out to me on ESPN are:
-- Mon 11/12 West Virginia @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPN 9:00 p.m.
First game of the year, lead off of the 24 Hours college hoops tip off marathon
-- Sat 12/08 Illinois @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPN2 7:00 p.m.
-- Sat 12/15 Gonzaga vs. Kansas State - Seattle, Wash. ESPN2 6:00 p.m.
-- Fri 12/28 Baylor @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPN2 5:00 p.m.
Trio of power conference teams coming to the state of Washington, two coming to campus
-- Sat 01/19 Gonzaga @ Butler - Indianapolis, Ind. ESPN 6:00 p.m.
Non-BCS showcase game which will be featured on College Gameday. Oh yeah, Max and I will be there.
-- Both Saint Mary's and BYU Matchups
for the entire Gonzaga on ESPN schedule, read after the jump....
Mon 11/12 West Virginia @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPN 9:00 p.m.
Thu 11/22 Clemson vs. Gonzaga - Orlando, Fla. ESPN2 6:00 p.m.
Fri 11/23 Gonzaga vs. TBD - Orlando, Fla. ESPN2 TBA
Sun 11/25 Gonzaga vs. TBD - Orlando, Fla. ESPN2 or ESPNU or ESPN3 TBA
Wed 12/05 Gonzaga @ Washington State - Pullman, Wash. ESPNU 8:00 p.m.
Sat 12/08 Illinois @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPN2 7:00 p.m.
Sat 12/15 Gonzaga vs. Kansas State - Seattle, Wash. ESPN2 6:00 p.m.
Fri 12/28 Baylor @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPN2 5:00 p.m.
Mon 12/31 Gonzaga @ Oklahoma State - Stillwater, Okla. ESPN2 3:00 p.m.
Thu 01/10/ Saint Mary's @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPN2 8:00 p.m.
Sat 01/19 Gonzaga @ Butler - Indianapolis, Ind. ESPN 6:00 p.m.
Thu 01/24 BYU @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPN2 8:00 p.m.
Thu 01/31 Gonzaga @ Loyola Marymount - Los Angeles, Calif. ESPN2 8:00 p.m.
Sat 02/02 Gonzaga @ San Diego - San Diego, Calif. ESPNU 8:00 p.m.
Thu 02/14 Gonzaga @ Saint Mary's - Moraga, Calif. ESPN2 8:00 p.m.
Wed 02/20 Santa Clara @ Gonzaga - Spokane, Wash. ESPNU 8:00 p.m.
Thu 02/28 Gonzaga @ BYU - Provo, Utah ESPN2 8:00 p.m.