SPOKANE — Gonzaga’s non-conference basketball schedule next season appears to be set.
The final addition — vs. Northern Arizona on Dec. 28 — is the last non-conference date before Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference opener on Dec. 31.
NAU joins USC and North Carolina Central as the most recent additions on the Zags’ schedule.
Gonzaga will face USC on Nov. 17 in the Phil Knight Invitational (PKI) at the Moda Center in Portland. BYU and Oregon are expected to meet in the second game.
The Trojans have retooled their roster after finishing 22-9 and No. 45 in the final NET rankings. Post Onyeka Okongwu declared for the NBA draft and is projected by many as a lottery pick. Elijah Weaver (Dayton) and Kyle Sturdivant (Georgia Tech) transferred.
Four players graduated, including guard Jonah Mathews, younger brother of former GU wing Jordan Mathews, a grad transfer from USC who helped the Zags reach the 2017 national championship game.
USC reloaded with 7-foot center Evan Mobley, ranked No. 3 by ESPN in the 2020 class, and five transfers, including three grad transfers that should fill roles immediately.
Mobley and Gonzaga freshmen Dominick Harris were teammates at Rancho Christian High in Temecula, California.
Mobley’s brother, Isaiah, is a rising sophomore at USC and father, Eric, is an assistant coach. Isaiah averaged 6.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game last season.
Gonzaga will open the season Nov. 10 against North Carolina Central, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season champions last year.
The Eagles (18-13, 13-3 MEAC) won a MEAC Tournament quarterfinal game before the remainder of the event was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
North Carolina Central reached three straight NCAA Tournaments from 2017-2019, falling in the First Four each year.
Coach LeVelle Moton has guided the Eagles to four NCAA Tournaments and has a 61.3 winning percentage in 10 seasons at his alma mater.