SPOKANE, Wash. - Greg LaFleur, father of Gonzaga University men's basketball redshirt junior Rob Sacre, will more than likely have some mixed emotions when Southern University opens the 2010-11 men's basketball season at Gonzaga Nov. 12.
Bulldog head coach Mark Few announced the remainder of the Bulldogs non-conference slate Wednesday, featuring the "Family Feud" opener.
LaFleur will not only be wearing the hat of a father, but that of Southern University athletic director when the Jaguars and the Bulldogs do battle.
"We've been talking about doing this for a couple of years, and this year it worked out," Few said of the matchup.
Southern is located in Baton Rouge, La., and is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. It will be the inaugural meeting between the Bulldogs and the Jags.
The Bulldogs will play their lone exhibition game against a southern of another school - Southern Oregon University of Ashland, Ore., Nov. 5, at home.
Three 2010 NCAA Tournament teams also dot the remainder of the Bulldogs non-conference schedule.
One of the biggest games on the Bulldog schedule will be Dec. 11 in South Bend, Ind., against the University of Notre Dame. The two Catholic institutions will be meeting on the hardwood for the first time. Gonzaga is a member of the Society of Jesus, while The Fighting Irish are affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. Notre Dame, a member of the Big East Conference, advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Xavier University, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, will meet the Bulldogs in the McCarthey Athletic Center Dec. 22. The Musketeers, who tied for the A-10 regular-season title with Temple University at 14-2, advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season. Xavier, 26-9 in 2010, was ranked 14th in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and 25th in the final Associated Press balloting.
The Bulldogs will play their first game of 2011 nearly 2,100 miles from home when they head to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face ACC foe Wake Forest University Jan. 2. Gonzaga will be out to avenge last season's 77-75 loss to the Demon Deacons in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Wake Forest advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to No. 1 seed University of Kentucky.
Gonzaga hosts nearby rival Eastern Washington University Nov. 30, the Bulldogs aiming for their 23rd straight victory over the Eagles and their 31st in the last 32 games.
Following final exams to end the first semester the Bulldogs will host Lewis-Clark State College Dec. 16. Gonzaga is 8-0 against the Warriors. Lafayette College of Easton, Pa., will provide the opposition Dec. 29 at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Leopards, 19-13 overall and 8-6 for third place in the Patriot League a year ago, lost to Lehigh University in the title game of the Patriot League Tournament for the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The final non-conference game on the Gonzaga slate is Feb. 28 against Cal State-Bakersfield for Senior Night which will honor Steven Gray, the Bulldogs lone senior this season. The game will be the final tune-up for the Bulldogs prior to the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.
Nine games on the Gonzaga non-conference schedule had been announced earlier with the Bulldogs meeting IUPUI Nov. 14 and San Diego State University Nov. 16 in Regional Round games of the College Basketball Experience. Gonzaga will join defending national champion Duke University, Marquette University and Kansas State University Nov. 22-23 in Kansas City, Mo., for the Championship Round games of the CBE.
The Bulldogs will also face the University of Illinois Dec. 4 in the 8th annual Battle in Seattle; Washington State University in Pullman Dec. 8; Baylor University Dec. 18 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, in The Showcase; Oklahoma State University in the McCarthey Athletic Center Dec. 31, and the University of Memphis Feb. 5 in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic in the Spokane Arena.
All Bulldog Club members have been mailed an order form with ticket information for the Battle in Seattle, The Showcase, the RMHC Classic and the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets to The Showcase also include the other half of the double-header event pitting the University of Arkansas against Texas A&M.
In addition to the Bulldog Club pre-sale currently underway, there will be a Spokane-only pre-sale for the Battle in Seattle beginning Sept. 11, with tickets to the general public going on sale Sept. 18, both sales through Ticketmaster.com. The ticket information mailed also explains how Bulldog Club members can order RMHC Classic tickets during a Bulldog Club pre-sale in November through TicketsWest.com. Tickets to the Memphis game are included in the men's basketball season ticket package.
Due to the high demand and very limited quantities for tickets to the WSU game, Gonzaga's allotment will be offered on a priority-points basis by invitation.
The WCC schedule is being finalized. All game times and television details will also be announced as they become available.