NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga Bulldogs Announce Major Adjustment in December Schedule

Published 12/21/2020, 7:30 AM EST
Nov 27, 2020; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) drives to the basket as Auburn Tigers guard Jamal Johnson (1) defends during the first half at Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs have hardly enjoyed the college basketball season in December as they’ve just played two games so far. Victories against West Virginia and Iowa improved their start to an unbeaten 4-0 record, and the team has announced that they’ll be playing a double-header against Northwestern State on Monday and Tuesday. 

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The Bulldogs have been playing some exceptional basketball and they’re now the number one team in the country. Jalen Suggs is one of the hottest freshmen at the moment, and the 19-year-old put up a blistering 27 point performance against Iowa to guide Gonzaga to a brilliant victory. 

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The team was scheduled to play the Northwestern State Demons on Monday at 6 pm P.T., and a last-minute announcement revealed that the Bulldogs will play an additional game against the same opponents on Tuesday. 

Now, it will be back-to-back encounters between Gonzaga and Northwestern State on Monday and Tuesday with both tip-offs scheduled for 6 pm Pacific Time.

The additional fixture will be useful for Gonzaga to try and extend their winning start to the season. On the other hand, Northwestern State is struggling, as they’ve just won one of their last eight games. 

Gonzaga Bulldogs coach is incredibly proud of his “courageous team” 

The Bulldogs have missed major action in December due to COVID-19 cancellations and hence the reason behind playing back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday. Gonzaga last played against the Iowa Hawkeyes and won the encounter under Jalen Suggs’ brilliance. 

It was their return to the season after a short layoff, but a determined mindset helped them defeat the mighty Hawkeyes. “I have incredibly courageous and competitive guys that just love to play and they love to hoop together,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after the game. 

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A pandemic induced break caused a major rift in the Bulldogs’ schedule, but the players went out and handled the pressure with utmost passion. They showcased qualities that coach Few found impressive. 

Nov 27, 2020; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24) is congratulated by Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) as he makes a three point basket against the Auburn Tigers during the second half at Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“If you saw practice the first day back from this COVID layoff, the staff needed to wear catcher’s masks or something, the balls were flying all over the place, just to be safe … I’m proud of just how they competed because I wasn’t sure how we would handle coming back from it,” the 13-time WCC Coach of the Year added. 

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Gonzaga will go into the doubleheader against Northwestern State with plenty of confidence. There’s a chance we might see them extending their record to 6-0 by Tuesday. The reputed college program has never won the National Championship and they have a genuine chance this year. How far will the Bulldogs go in the 2020/21 college basketball season? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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