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UCLA, Gonzaga announce home-and-home

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

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Two teams that gave us a classic NCAA Tournament game -- and an epic collapse, you could say -- eight years ago have agreed to a home-and-home.

Gonzaga and UCLA have announced they'll play at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 13, 2014, then tip off at Gonzaga's digs, likely on Dec. 12, 2015.

"Mark Few has built a strong and consistent program in Spokane, and we know this will be a very entertaining matchup for our fans in Pauley Pavilion," UCLA coach Steve Alford said in a statement. "Playing Gonzaga will add to what we already believe is a very competitive non-conference schedule next season."

UCLA also has possible games against Butler, Florida, Georgetown, North Carolina and Oklahoma at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas next season. It's also playing Kentucky in the brand new CBS Sports Classic, just prior to Christmas.

“Obviously, we are excited about the opportunity to play both UCLA and Arizona home-and-home,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said in a statement. “It's great for our fans, our program and for all college basketball fans, especially the ones out West that get to see the three of us playing home-and-home.”

Gonzaga recently announced its Arizona game, yet another sign that Few's done the unthinkable in Spokane, considering what that program was 15 years ago.

UCLA and Gonzaga have met twice: Dec. 11, 1999, (a 53-49 Gonzaga win at Pauley) and the March 23, 2006, in Sweet Sixteen. UCLA won 73-71. Fair or not, it's become the defining moment of Adam Morrison's college career.

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