SPOKANE, Wash. -Home games against West Virginia University, 2013-14 West Coast Conference newcomer University of the Pacific, the University of Illinois and Baylor University highlight Gonzaga University's 2012-13 men's basketball non-conference schedule unveiled Tuesday.

Added to that slate are three tough contests in the Old Spice Classic, games at Washington State University, Oklahoma State University and Butler University, and the 10th annual Battle in Seattle against Kansas State University and the Bulldogs are faced with another challenging schedule.

"We have some obligations with multi-year contracts," Bulldog head coach Mark Few said. "We were able to get another great opponent in The Battle in Seattle with Kansas State. Coach (Bruce) Weber is a good friend of mine and they are a Top 25 caliber team. We're excited to get back to the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. The last time we were in it we won it. There are some very good teams in that, so it will be a very good test for us early."

The Bulldogs open against Clemson University and are in the same half of the bracket as the University of Oklahoma and UTEP as Gonzaga seeks to duplicate its 2008 Old Spice Classic title.

Few is excited about the quality of opponents coming to the McCarthey Athletic Center.

"For the fans in Spokane to come watch Illinois play, to watch Baylor which will probably be a Top 10 team and has some amazing talent is something pretty special." Few said.

But some road encounters are equally as formidable.

"To go to Oklahoma State and Butler will be a great experience. The game at Butler is going to be a really, really tough test in a great venue. Again, we'll have our work cut out for us," Few concluded in assessing the entire non-conference slate

Fans will get their first glance at the Bulldogs Oct. 27 in an exhibition game against Northwest Nazarene in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The regular-season opener comes Nov. 9 when Southern Utah University visits.

Game times, Gonzaga's television schedule and the Bulldogs radio network will be announced later.

A look at all the teams on Gonzaga's non-conference schedule follows.

Southern Utah University Thunderbirds

Friday, November 9, 2012
McCarthey Athletic Center
Spokane, Wash.

Gonzaga and Southern Utah University will be meeting for just the third time in the series history and for the first time since Nov. 23, 1996, when the Bulldogs suffered a 71-47 season-opening road loss. Gonzaga had taken a 77-60 home victory the previous year in the inaugural meeting. The Thunderbirds lost in the semifinals of the Summit League Tournament last season to finish 14-17, their final season in the league as they switch affiliations to the Big Sky Conference this season. SUU went 8-10 for sixth place in their final Summit League campaign. The Thunderbirds will also have a new coach on the bench as Roger Reid announced his retirement after nearly 40 years in coaching, the final five at SUU. Nick Robinson, a 2005 graduate of Stanford University and a member of the LSU staff the past three seasons, will make his collegiate head coaching debut against the Bulldogs. Southern Utah returns 11 players from last year’s squad, including All-Summit League selection Jackson Stevenett who averaged 14.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg.

West Virginia University Mountaineers (ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon)

Monday, November 12, 2012
McCarthey Athletic Center
Spokane, Wash.

Gonzaga and West Virginia University will be the first of 11 games as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-off Marathon, and the game is also a play-in game for the two teams who will compete in the Old Spice Classic in November. The Bulldogs and Mountaineers, because of their regular-season match-up, are in opposite brackets of the Old Spice Classic and could only meet in a placing game the final day of the tournament. Both teams are hopeful that meeting will come in the championship game. The Tip-off Marathon game is a re-match of last spring’s NCAA Tournament Second Round match-up that saw the Bulldogs down the Mountaineers 77-54 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The showcase event to launch the collegiate basketball season on ESPN began in November, 2008, and this will be the Bulldogs fourth straight appearance in the Tip-off Marathon. Last season Gonzaga defeated Washington State University in the McCarthey Athletic Center 89-81. The 2010-11 season saw the Zags fall to San Diego State University 79-76 at home as part of the CBE Classic, and in the fall of 2009 Gonzaga lost a hard-fought 75-71 decision at Michigan State University. West Virginia finished 19-14 last season after going 9-9 in the BIG EAST, both teams earning at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament. The meeting was the first between the schools. The Bulldogs appeared in their 14th straight NCAA Tournament a year ago, while WVU was in its seventh tourney in the past eight years, including a trip to the 2010 Final Four. The Mountaineers are coached by Bob Huggins who will be entering his sixth season at WVU.

University of South Dakota Coyotes

Sunday, November 18, 2012
McCarthey Athletic Center
Spokane, Wash.

The University of South Dakota is one of only two first-time opponents on Gonzaga’s non-conference slate. Located in Vermillion, S.D., the Coyotes are coached by Dave Boots in his 25th season with the squad. He has a 30-year head coach record of 608-278. USD has completed a 4-year transition to NCAA Division I from NCAA Division II and will be in its second season in the Summit League this season. Trevor Gruis, a 6-10 junior, is the top returning scorer for the Coyotes, averaging 11.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg. USD was 10-18 overall a year ago, 5-13 in its inaugural season in the Summit League.

Clemson University Tigers (Old Spice Classic)

Thursday, November 22, 2012
HP Field House
Buena Vista, Fla.

Gonzaga will open the 2012 Old Spice Classic against Clemson University Thanksgiving night to conclude the first day of action. The Bulldogs, who won the 2008 title, are ranked 20th in the ESPN.com pre-season Top 25 poll. This will be just the second meeting between Gonzaga and Clemson on the hardwood. The Bulldogs claimed an 84-71 victory over the then-fifth-ranked Tigers Nov. 23, 1997, in the championship game of the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Clemson went 16-15 overall, 8-8 and seventh place in the ACC last season. The Tigers, coached by Brad Brownell entering his third season, lost to Virginia Tech 68-63 in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Bulldogs are in the same bracket as the University of Oklahoma and UTEP. The first-round winners meet in the semifinals Friday, Nov. 23, with the losers doing battle Friday. The tournament takes Saturday off, with the placing games Sunday, Nov. 25. All 12 games of the tournament will be played at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., near Orlando.

Lewis-Clark State College Warriors

Thursday, November 29, 2012
McCarthey Athletic Center
Spokane, Wash.

Gonzaga and Lewis-Clark State College last met in the regular season Dec. 16, 2010, the Bulldogs taking a 103-61 victory in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The teams have also played two exhibition games in recent years, the last an 85-48 Bulldog victory in Nov. 14, 2004, in the first year of the McCarthey Athletic Center. The 2010 meeting was the first regular-season meeting since Dec. 23, 1988, when the Bulldogs claimed a 101-65 victory. The Bulldogs lead the overall series 9-0, and all but the first meeting in the series – an 87-65 GU win in Lewiston, Idaho, Dec. 17, 1973 – have been played in Spokane. The Warriors are coached by Brandon Rinta in his second season. Rinta was an assistant coach at Eastern Washington University under current Bulldog assistant coach Ray Giacoletti. Rinta played two seasons at Yakima Valley Community College and in his second season was co-coached by Dean Nicholson and Leon Rice, the latter a former Bulldog assistant who is now the head coach at Boise State University. LCSC was 16-13 last season, 5-9 in the Frontier Conference.

University of the Pacific Tigers

December 2, 2012
McCarthey Athletic Center
Spokane, Wash.

Gonzaga will get an early look at the University of the Pacific, which will begin play in the West Coast Conference in 2013-14. The Tigers, entering their final season in the Big West Conference, are coached by Bob Thompson, who has announced he will retire at the end of the current season after 25 years at his alma mater. He’s led the Tigers to seven post-season appearances, the last in the 2009-10 season when the team advanced to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com tourney. The Tigers were the No. 6 seed into the Big West Conference Tournament after going 6-10 in conference action. UOP fell in the conference quarterfinals to finish 11-19 overall. The Tigers will be led by senior Travis Fulton (9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and junior Ross Rivera (11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg) who each earned All-Big West honorable mention accolades a year ago.

Washington State University Cougars

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Friel Court
Pullman, Wash.

Gonzaga has dominated the series with Washington State University in recent years, winning 10 of the last 13 meetings. The team met in the McCarthey Athletic Center a year ago in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, the Bulldogs claiming a an 89-81 victory. This will be the 12th straight year the series will be played on the campus of one of the two institutions since it was returned to campus Dec. 15, 2001, when Gonzaga took a 67-44 victory in the old Kennel in the Martin Centre next door to the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Cougars, who advanced to the best-of-three championship of the College Basketball Invitational last season before falling to the University of Pittsburgh 2-1, went 19-18 overall. The Cougars were 7-11 and tied for eighth in the first season of the expanded Pacific-12 Conference. Ken Bone enters his fourth season in Pullman. Senior Brock Motum was an All-Pac-12 first-team pick last season and paced the team with his 18.0 ppg and 6.4 rpg.

University of Illinois

Saturday, December 8, 2012
McCarthey Athletic Center
Spokane, Wash.