Gon­zaga open to switch­ing leagues

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Gon­zaga coach Mark Few says “we don’t have our head in the sand” when it comes to the con­fer­ence re­align­ment that has shaken up col­lege hoops and how a con­fer­ence change could even­tu­ally come to the cam­pus in Spokane, Wash.

“I’m al­ways talk­ing to that guy about it,” Few said of Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Mike Roth. “We’ve got a brand. We’re go­ing to do what’s best for Gon­zaga. If some­thing presents it­self, we’re cer­tainly look­ing, the way other peo­ple have looked and an­a­lyzed to see how it would work for them.”

Gon­zaga is in its 19th straight NCAA Tour­na­ment and in the sec­ond round for the ninth straight year — the Bull­dogs play North­west­ern to­day. Few said the team has no prob­lem sched­ul­ing non­con­fer­ence games: This sea­son it played Florida, Iowa State and Ari­zona. Once Jan­uary rolls around, West Coast Con­fer­ence op­po­nents take over the sched­ule and the Bull­dogs roll: They’re 80-8 the past five sea­sons. Only two of those losses have come to teams other than St. Mary’s or BYU.

Asked if he wished for a few more UCLAs and Ari­zonas to play, guard Si­las Mel­son re­sponded: “Hon­est an­swer, yes. We’re to­tally fine with the com­pe­ti­tion we play. But watch­ing on TV, the Big Ten games, Pac-12, we want to be among the best like that.”

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