"We are excited to schedule this home-and-home series with Mark Few and his Gonzaga Bulldogs," Ford said in a release from the OSU media relations office.
"Gonzaga has a great program with a lot of tradition. We look forward to starting this series with the Bulldogs, and giving us one of the better non-conference schedules," Ford said in the release.
Ford has heard the criticism from Oklahoma State fans about the lack of quality home nonconference games in his first two seasons as head coach of the Cowboys, and vowed to upgrade the schedule.
"Our goal is to schedule quality non-conference opponents every season," Ford said. "This not only prepares our team for the grueling Big 12 schedule, but it also gives our fans an opportunity to see some very good teams inside one of the best basketball venues in America.
"We've got the ball rolling in the right direction. We're working on getting a marquee opponent to come into Gallagher-Iba Arena every single season. We want to challenge our players with a difficult non-conference schedule and give our fans the opportunity to see these marquee teams."
OSU is 0-3 all-time against Gonzaga, with all three meetings taking place on neutral courts. OSU and the Bulldogs faced each other in the 2004 All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, and played the following fall in Seattle at Key Arena. The most recent meeting between OSU and the Zags was in the 2008 Old Spice Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.