Game Time: Saturday, December 1st at 5:00PM
Gonzaga will be courting a new rivalry this Saturday evening when the Pacific Tigers come into the McCarthey Athletic Center to face the perennial big dogs of their future conference. At first glance, this matchup isn’t as attractive as some of our other preseason games this year. However, with Pacific set to join the WCC for the 2013-2014 season, Saturday night’s game becomes a must see for any Gonzaga fan.
Although Pacific may not be a household name, they have been one of the more consistent teams in the Big West for the past 15 years under Head Coach Bob Thomason. Thomason is in his 25th and final season at his alma mater, and has brought his team to the NCAA tournament four times. At one point, they were flirting with Cinderella to become the next mid-major power. The Tigers went to the NCAA tournament in three consecutive seasons from 2004-2006 with wins over Big East members Providence and Pittsburgh. The team from Stockton, CA has dropped off slightly since 2006 and hasn’t returned since, but Pacific is still a competitive team that is looking to put up a big season in Thomason’s last year before retirement. The Zags are facing a well-coached team this weekend, and in my opinion, a well-suited program to join the WCC even if they are losing their long time head coach.