UW, Gonzaga to extend basketball series through 2024

The Huskies have lost their last 5 matchups with the Zags, and 12 of the previous 13.

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The Washington men’s basketball team is on the wrong side of a five-game losing streak and has lost 12 of the past 13 contests against Gonzaga, but the Huskies aren’t eager to end the annual battles with their cross-state rival.

In fact, UW has agreed to a four-year agreement with Gonzaga that will continue the series until 2024.

“Look here, Gonzaga is a great team and great school with a great coach (Mark Few), and anytime you can play a program like that, you want to keep that going for as long as possible,” UW coach Mike Hopkins said in a recent interview. “I don’t see that ending anytime soon. Not as long as I’m around.”

Washington leads 29-18 all time in the series that began in 1910. Despite a few disruptions, the Huskies dominated early and won 28 of the first 34 games against Gonzaga.

The series took a 26-year hiatus between 1945 and 1971. A second interruption suspended the rivalry for 13 years from 1982 to 1995.

The Huskies discontinued the series for nine years from 2006 to 2015, citing a busy nonconference schedule and the desire to attract prominent opponents when they were in the middle of six NCAA tournament appearances in an eight-year run.

Zags fans believed UW was tired of losing to the smaller Spokane school that had an 8-1 record against Pac-12 teams between 1998 and 2006. At the time, Gonzaga began its rise as a regional powerhouse that has made 20 straight trips to the NCAA tournament.

In 2015, both teams renewed the rivalry in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, and the Zags captured an 80-64 victory.

The next year, the teams began a four-year series in which the games alternated each year on home campuses.

Gonzaga has won all three contests since.

The Zags return to UW next season on a date that has not been released.

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