Washington and Gonzaga will once again play each other on the basketball court.
The UW officially announced the long-anticipated return of the rivalry series, beginning in the 2016-17 season and spanning four years. The games will be played on-campus in Seattle and Spokane, though it has not yet been determined where the series will begin.
UW and Gonzaga haven’t met since Dec. 9, 2006. The Huskies and Bulldogs played each other every season from 1997-98 through 2006-07.
“This series is great for the fans of our state,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school. “The fans have shown that they really appreciate the game with Washington and Gonzaga. I mean, every one of them since we’ve been here has been a sellout, or close to it. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and hype centered around the game when these two teams meet.”
UW leads the all-time series 29-14, though Gonzaga has won eight of the last nine meetings. The Huskies’ last win over Gonzaga was in December of 2005.
Romar has said repeatedly over the past few years that UW would play Gonzaga again, and there has been plenty of speculation and rumors regarding exactly why the two in-state programs don’t play each other. There was a public verbal spat in 2009 over a UW proposal to renew the series and play the games at Key Arena, but that obviously never materialized.
Neither Romar or Gonzaga coach Mark Few has commented specifically about the reasons the series was discontinued.