Another piece of Gonzaga’s rigorous non-conference schedule has been put into place, with a source revealing to Mike Wilson of the Knoxville News Sentinel that the Zags will face the Tennessee Volunteers in an exhibition game on Friday, October 28.
The game is set to take place in Frisco, Texas and will be open to the public. An announcement on game time is expected soon.
Gonzaga has the opportunity to play up to two exhibition games this season, and in year’s past they often use these games to play local teams outside of the Division 1 level, like Eastern Oregon and Lewis-Clark State from last year.
However, Mark Few and Tennessee coach Rick Barnes have a longstanding relationship, with multiple scrimmages dating back to Barnes’ days at Texas, and multiple non-conference matchups with Tennessee. That includes their most recent battle, an epic contest from 2018 which was won on a game-winning shot from Admiral Schofield, who had 30 points for the Vols.
Gonzaga already has a ridiculously loaded non-conference schedule, with games scheduled against Michigan State, Texas, Kentucky, Baylor, and Alabama as well as the PK85 tournament over Thanksgiving weekend.
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