Gonzaga to face Kansas State in ‘Battle Of Seattle’

Zags Renew Rivalry With UW

Gonzaga University will face Kansas State University in the 10th annual Battle in Seattle men’s basketball game Dec. 15 at KeyArena, Idol Sports & Entertainment officials announced Thursday.

Idol Sports officials also announced players from the 2012-2013 men’s and women’s Bulldog basketball teams will be signing autographs at the State Farm Battle in Seattle booth in Riverfront Park this Friday thru Sunday. Complimentary 8×10 photos of the Gonzaga basketball players along with the new State Farm Battle in Seattle collectable poster will be provided to all in attendance as a part of the Spokane Hoopfest weekend. The schedule of player appearances in listed below.

The event marks just the third all-time meeting between the two teams, with K-State winning each of the previous contests. The two teams last faced each other Nov 22, 2010, in the semifinal of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., with the Wildcats defeating the Zags 81-64. The inaugural hardwood meeting was March 22, 1994, in Manhattan, Kans., where the Wildcats knocked off Gonzaga 66-64, in the second round of the NIT.

Both schools reached the round of 32 in the East Region of last season’s NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs routed West Virginia before falling to No. 2 seed Ohio State University 73-66. KSU defeated Southern Mississippi University in its opening game, then lost to top-seeded Syracuse University 75-59.

Kansas State will have a new head coach in 2012-13, but he will be no stranger to the State Farm Battle in Seattle. Bruce Weber will be the first opposing coach to return to the sidelines of annual neutral-court game, having coached the University of Illinois to a 73-61 victory in the 2010 event.

“This is a great opportunity to test our team against one of the best in the country in a great venue,” said Weber. “Mark (Few) has built Gonzaga into an annual NCAA Tournament contender and he will again have another strong club in 2012-13. I think these types of games are a huge benefit to your team especially to a veteran club like we have coming back in the fall.”

Tickets for the State Farm Battle in Seattle will go on sale Monday, Sept. 17 at all Ticketmaster outlets. The exclusive pre-sale will begin on Monday, Sept. 1h through Spokane-area Ticketmaster outlets or by obtaining a special pre-sale code.

Throughout its history, the State Farm Battle in Seattle games have been among the largest college basketball games in the state of Washington. In 2008, the game set the state’s single-game attendance record for a regular-season college basketball game when a crowd of 16,763 witnessed the Bulldogs against the University of Connecticut Huskies. Few and company have compiled a 5-4 record in State Farm Battle in Seattle games.

Scheduled State Farm Battle in Seattle Autograph Sessions

Battle in Seattle Hoopfest Booth – Riverfront Park

Friday, June 29

3-5 p.m. – Chris Sarbaugh/Kyle Dranginis

5-7 p.m. – Stephanie Golden/Keani Albanez

Saturday, June 30

10 a.m.- Noon – Gary Bell/Kevin Pangos

1-3 p.m. – Sam Dower/Elias Harris

4-6 p.m. – Haiden Palmer/Taelor Karr

Sunday, July 1

10 a.m.-Noon – Kelly Olynyk/David Stockton

Noon-2 p.m. – Jazmine Redmon/Danielle Walter