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Gonzaga's 2015-16 WCC conference schedule released

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The WCC season starts on December 21 this year.

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The WCC released its schedule for the 2015-16 season and the Gonzaga Bulldogs will open up their conference play with a game against the Pepperdine Waves at home.

The season is opening about a week earlier than normal, with the Zags first game at home on Monday, December 21 against Pepperdine. Also, the WCC has done a great job rectifying what in previous years was an egregious oversight and hasn't scheduled any of the bigger conference games for when the students are gone on winter break.

Here is the schedule:

Mon., Dec. 21 vs. Pepperdine
Wed., Dec. 23 vs. LMU
Thu., Dec. 31 @ Santa Clara
Sat., Jan. 2 @ San Francisco
Sat., Jan. 9 vs. Portland
Thu., Jan. 14 vs. BYU
Sat., Jan. 16 vs. San Diego
Thu., Jan. 21 @ Saint Mary's
Sat., Jan. 23 @ Pacific
Thu., Jan. 28 vs. Santa Clara
Sat., Jan. 30 vs. San Francisco
Thu., Feb. 4 @ LMU
Sat., Feb. 6 @ Pepperdine
Thu., Feb. 11 @ Portland
Thu., Feb. 18 vs. Pacific
Sat., Feb. 20 vs. Saint Mary's
Thu., Feb. 25 @ San Diego
Sat., Feb. 27 @ BYU

Although Gonzaga is most likely picked to be the cream of the crop when it comes to the West Coast Conference, that final game on the road against BYU is going to be a stellar one. Teams, including the Zags, don't just waltz into Provo with an easy-win on the mind. BYU has always had up and down season since joining the WCC, but that game could have enormous implications for both teams when it comes to seeding in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

But the biggest takeaway is that game against Saint Mary's -- senior night. February 20 is going to be a night to get excited about.

To view the rest of the WCC schedules, click here.