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Zags struggle late, fall to Arizona

A great game between two great teams in a great atmosphere, but it didn't have a great ending for Gonzaga.

GU struggled with late-game possessions offensively and couldn't hold off No. 3 Arizona, which claimed a 66-63 overtime win Saturday at the McKale Center, one of the loudest buildings I've ever experienced.

My unedited game story is below. Day-after post in the a.m.

Top 10 clash for Gonzaga, Arizona

West powers Gonzaga and Arizona hook up Saturday at McKale Center for one of the best non-conference matchups of the college basketball season. Both teams are 7-0. GU is No. 9; Arizona No. 3. Both have Final Four ambitions. The winner could have a decided edge in seeding when Selection Sunday rolls around.

I checked in recently with Byron Wesley, whose USC teams went 1-4 vs. Arizona, 0-2 at McKale Center, and Wesley's father, Byron Sr., and put together a feature on the Zag senior wing that will run in Saturday's S-R. Here's a link. In case you missed it, John Blanchette wrote about the GU-Arizona series, past and present in Friday's S-R.

You can find numerous Wildcats stories from the Arizona Daily Star here.

More on the matchup below.

 

Shock win a close one

Spokane ended a trend of nearly two seasons worth of fairly comfortable to absolute blowout wins (read: all by double figures) by edging Arizona 73-66 on Saturday. That made the victory big on two fronts: 1). It came against the best franchise and No. 1 ranked team in the AFL. 2). It came in a close contest. Those have been rare for the Shock, and most of the time the outcome hasn't been favorable.

The trend should have ended in the season's fifth game but Spokane gave up a Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play to fall to Cleveland 52-50. Other than that, Spokane's other six losses this season were by at least 10 points. Four of Spokane's five losses last season were by less than 10 points, including the 65-57 playoff loss at Arizona that ended the Shock's season.

I took a look at the numbers to lead off this week's Shock notebook. There's also a few paragraphs on James Ruffin's breakout season.

 

 

 

Shock hold off Rattlers

Spokane trailed by 21 points in the first quarter and quarterback Erik Meyer was uncharacteristically wild early.

Somehow, the Shock dug out of the hole behind a play-making defense and Meyer, who warmed up to throw six touchdown passes and run for two more in a wild 73-66 victory over the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday night at the Arena.

Spokane improved to 9-7, 8-2 in games with Meyer as the starting quarterback. Arizona dropped to 14-2.

My unedited game story is below.

Shock, Rattlers resume rivalry

One of the AFL's best rivalries, if not thee best, resumes tonight at the Arena: Spokane vs. Arizona.

With a healthy Erik Meyer, there is a growing sense that the Shock could be rounding into form at the right time, but they could use some visual proof. They've been good, very good, at times this season but a win over the top-ranked Rattlers would mean a ton for the Shock's confidence coming down the home stretch.

Here's my game preview. Here's the view from Phoenix.

Spokane gets back to work

Spokane is back on the practice field after last week's bye. We checked in with the Shock on the importance of Saturday's home game with Arizona, how players spent the bye week and updated the health of Adron Tennell and the status of Ryan Cave.

It's all in my weekly Shock notebook.

Arizona crushes Shock, 70-38

Spokane was no match for the Arizona Rattlers, committing six turnovers in a 70-38 road loss Sunday in Phoenix.

The Shock (5-4) sputtered offensively for the second straight game without injured quarterback Erik Meyer. Rashaad Carter got the start at quarterback, but was pulled after three possessions resulted in just seven points. He moved back to his usual position of wide receiver. Donovan Porterie came on in relief but he had four turnovers on his first four possessions.

The setback dropped Spokane out of first place in the Pacific Division. San Jose (6-3) visits Spokane on Friday.

Game recap below.

 

Shock trying to get back on track

Spokane Shock coach Andy Olson's pre-season checklist was for his team to be more disciplined, cut down penalties and trim turnovers. Those items went without checkmarks in a 68-49 loss to Arizona on March 23.

Those items are back on the agenda as the Shock, after a bye last week, prepare for San Jose, a key Pacific Division contest. Here's our weekly Shock notebook.

The two teams are expected to battle for the division title.

 

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Spring practice is just days away for the Washington State football team and the Cougars are already getting ready. And so is the media. WSU released its Spring roster on Monday and we've got a post detailing the differences we could find between the roster now and at the end of the 2013 season. Coaches Mike Leach and Mike Breske also appeared on Cougar Calls with Bill Moos yesterday to talk about the team. We've got some highlights from that discussion here. Moos also touched on the ongoing coaching search, something that we have a story on here. Speaking of coaches, former WSU coach Kelvin Sampson has emerged as a leading candidate for the Houston job.

UCLA will travel to the Windy City to take on Kentucky next season … Cal continued to advance in the NIT with a win over Arkansas on Monday … Suddenly Stanford has a chance to go to the Elite Eight.

Zags pay for turnovers in 84-61 loss

About the only question in the closing minutes was whether Gonzaga would suffer its worst NCAA tournament loss. They didn't, but it hardly eased their pain as the Bulldogs were crushed by Arizona 84-61 Sunday at Viejas Arena.

GU's 87-63 loss to Maryland in 1995 — the school's first NCAA trip — remains its most lopsided. This one wasn't close as Gonzaga couldn't handle with Arizona's pressure defense and coughed up 21 turnovers, leading to 31 Wildcats' points.

Przemek Karnowski had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Pangos played through a sprained ankle to make four 3s and finish with 12 points. But the Bulldogs made just 41 percent of their shots and scored only 27 points in the second half.

Here's my game story, John Blanchette's column and Dan Pelle's photos.

 

Zags take their shot at top-seeded Arizona

Gonzaga, back in its familiar role as NCAA tournament underdog, takes on No.-1-seeded Arizona tonight in San Diego.

The Zags have pulled more than their share of tourney upsets — No. 7 Minnesota, No. 2 Stanford, No. 6 Florida in 1999, No. 7 Louisville and No. 2 St. John's in 2000, to name several — but they've never knocked off a No. 1. They're 0-5.

They've come close twice, falling to No. 1 UConn 67-62 in 1999, 77-62 to Michigan State in 2001, 96-95 in double OT to Arizona in 2003, 99-78 to North Carolina in 2009 and 87-65 to Syracuse in 2010.

Here's our coverage: My game preview, my notebook and look back at the memorable 2003 contest, and John Blanchette's column on a couple of 7-footers. A capsule look at the teams and keys to victory below.

In-game updates on twitter tonight @srjimm.

Early showdown: Shock vs. Rattlers

I'm pretty sure this game involving a team from Arizona and a team from Spokane isn't the one grabbing all the headlines (see NCAA basketball tournament), but it's a big one nonetheless.

The Spokane Shock and Arizona Rattlers resume their rivalry today in Phoenix. Both teams are 1-0 and both have been at or near the top of the AFL through the years. Arizona has ascended to the top the last two years. Spokane won the AFL crown in 2010. Most of those years, the winner had to go through the other to get there.

Here's my game preview.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — That 36-game losing streak to Washington? It wasn't even the longest drought the Washington State women ended this season. No, yesterday's invitation to the WNIT means WSU will be making its first postseason trip in women's basketball in 23 years. The Cougars will head all the way to Montana for their matchup against … Montana. While they're there maybe they can beat the Huskies again. A little late but here's a good piece illustrating just how good DaVonte Lacy was for the men this season.

Even as the No. 1 seed Arizona has found a chip for its shoulder … A number of instate coaches are feeling the heat. 

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — It's St. Patrick's Day and you know what that means? This year it means March Madness is officially upon us. The NCAA tournament bracket has officially been set and followers of our Washington State and Pac-12 coverage can compete with other readers in our NCAA Tournament Challenge. Gonzaga will head to San Diego for a rematch with Oklahoma State. John Blanchette has a column on GU's seeding.

Six Pac-12 schools made the cut and Cal — which started conference play 5-0 and knocked off Arizona — will head to the NIT to face the Utah Valley team that Idaho just beat … Oregon State will play in the CBI … Arizona nabbed a No. 1 seed but still has some land mines to navigate … UCLA's loss to WSU just over a week ago didn't appear to register much with the selection committee, which granted the Bruins a 4 seed … Losing Spencer Dinwiddie didn't end Colorado's season and the Buffaloes are going dancing … Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins appears to have saved his job by guiding the Cardinal to the tournament … Oregon's late-season resurgence was enough to get the Ducks into March Madness … Arizona State will open up against Texas.

Having trouble coping with all the Madness? Jim Allen has some advice.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Las Vegas — If you'll recall, the last team to beat UCLA was pesky Washington State. It's likely, therefore, that the Cougars played some small role in UCLA's victory over Arizona last night in the Pac-12 tournament championship game. Whether WSU's upset humbled the Bruins or merely caused coach Steve Alford to put the fear of extra suicides in his team, at the very least the Cougars can say they beat the conference champion.

The Vandals won the WAC championship on Saturday, but not all of them. The top-seeded women head back to the NCAA tournament after their win but the men's miraculous run came to a grinding halt.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced yesterday that the late start times aren't going anywhere, but hey, at least he's sending the Huskies to China. The Cougars held their Pro Day this week.

Saturday Morning links

From Las Vegas — I'm still here in Vegas (alack!) serving as a sort of reporter-talisman for the Idaho men's and women's basketball teams, which have both made it to today's WAC tournament finals so indulge me for linking my game stories from the men's and women's semifinal wins. Josh Wright has more in this blog post. If you haven't seen UI's Stephen Madison play before, turn in to ESPNU at 7 p.m. and check out the superb senior.

Back in Pullman the baseball team finally won a series but lost in yesterday's conference opener

Arizona and UCLA cruised in their semifinal games and will play for the tournament championship tonight.

Oh, and if you're wondering why there is a picture of a mountain wearing a basketball jersey at the top of this post, that's 7-foot-5, 355-pound Sim Bhullar, the wall the Vandals will have to go through to make it to the NCAA tournament.

Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Las Vegas — Day one of the Pac-12 is in the books and four teams are already out. One of those teams was Washington State, which saw its season end in a thrilling late-night match against Stanford. Here is our story from the game, as well as quotes and video of coach Ken Bone and DaVonte Lacy.  While in town I also covered top-seeded Idaho's blowout of Chicago State in WAC women's action.

In the day's other action, the Huskies also bowed out, Colorado slipped past 12th-seeded USC and Oregon took down rival Oregon State. 

Athlon ranked all the FBS coaching jobs and has WSU at the bottom of the Pac-12. Cal is hoping its retooled defense improves. Stewart Mandel's mailbag is always worth one's time.

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Las Vegas — Today the Washington State men will take on Stanford in the Pac-12 tournament. Here's our advance on WSU's do or die situation. We'll also be covering the top-seeded Idaho women. Josh Wright has the preview here.  We've also got the news that starting cornerback DaQuawn Brown has been arrested and will in all likelihood be dismissed from the team. Oregon will look to defend its  tournament title.

Tha-tha-tha-that's all, folks!

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Had my first flight out of the Pullman airport canceled so I don't have long before making the familiar journey up to Spokane. The final destination will be Sin City, the Land of Lost Wages. We'll be covering not only the Washington State men in the Pac-12 tournament — featured in our blog post here — but both Idaho teams in the Western Athletic Conference tournament … The Pac-12 announced its All-Conference teams today and there wasn't much crimson or gray to be found … Nor was there much purple and gold, on the first team at least, and Lorenzo Romar found the omission of his best player confounding … Arizona, however, had no shortage of honors … Ted Miller takes a look at the conference kickers … 

 

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — The Washington State men's basketball team is hitting the road a little early, leaving Pullman today and heading to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament. Their opponent will be Stanford. We touch on that and have some highlights in a blog post today … Bud Withers put out his Pac-12 All-Conference team … As did Percy Allen … Chris Foster says UCLA hasn't improved since sacking Ben Howland, but that's no reason to think they won't.

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