The Gonzaga Bulldogs season begins this afternoon with the first of two exhibitions to start the season. The Zags welcome the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers to Spokane once again.
This will probably be one of the rowdier exhibition games on hand. For the second-consecutive season, the Zags are opening the year as the preseason AP No. 1 team. Only this time around, the students and the rest of the fans will actually be in the house for the game.
Gonzaga has high hopes for this season after last year’s storybook weird-as-ever season came to an absolutely crashing halt against the Baylor Bears in the NCAA Championship game. Despite losing Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi, and Jalen Suggs to various levels of the NBA, the Zags return Andrew Nembhard, Drew Timme, and Anton Watson, and welcome a freshman class that will probably be the best ever at Gonzaga for quite some time.