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Gonzaga announces stacked non-conference schedule of games

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The Bulldogs will play five 2015 NCAA Tournament teams during their 2015-16 non-conference slate.

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Mark Few is no stranger to tough non-conference schedules, and this year is no different

The days of traveling anywhere and everywhere to play each opponent are luckily over -- but the Zags will still log quite a few miles on the road. Gonzaga opens up its schedule with a game against Pittsburgh in Okinawa, Japan as part of the annual Armed Forces Classic.

A month later, the Bulldogs are off to the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, which jumpstarts the rivalry with Washington a year early. That field also potential opponents in Texas A&M, Texas, Michigan and Connecticut, among others.

Then there is the big grudge match game against Arizona in Spokane. Gonzaga narrowly lost to Arizona in Tuscon last year and has a chance for a shot at retribution in front of the Kennel Club. Arizona is one of four Pac-12 teams the Zags will face.

Here is the non-conference schedule:

Nov. 13 vs. Pittsburgh (Japan)
Nov. 18 vs. Northern Arizona
Nov. 21 vs. Mount St. Mary's
Nov. 25-27 Battle 4 Atlantis
Dec. 2 @ Washington State
Dec. 5 vs. Arizona
Dec. 8 vs. Montana
Dec. 12 vs. UCLA
Dec. 14 vs. St Martin's
Dec. 19 vs. Tennessee (Battle in Seattle)
Feb. 13 @ SMU

All in all, it looks like a stellar schedule. College basketball can't get here soon enough.