Even though the offseason is torturous in length, one of the most exciting aspects of it has to be seeing how Gonzaga lines up its schedule for the next season. Mark Few and Co. have already put together some games for next season including dates with Illinois, Memphis, Xavier, Washington State, Wake Forest, and of course the CBE Classic which features Duke, Kansas State, and Marquette. That slate of games alone is enough to fill up my wish list of nonconference matchups but it appears that the staff is still working hard to secure more contests against top tier programs.
Howie Stalwick of the Kitsap Sun is reporting that the staff has been working hard to secure a series with the Butler Bulldogs. Last season's national runners-up will likely return every major piece from their outstanding 2009-10 campaign and should be a shoe-in top five team with the polls are released. Here is what Jerry Krause what to say about the prospects for a GU-BU series:
"We’ve talked to them the last few years, actually," Krause said. "We’ve never been able to firm things up."