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Zags still have work to do

Gonzaga is closing in on two important items on its season check list: An outright WCC title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. They are not tied together, of course, since the WCC Tournament champion takes the conference's automatic berth.

The Bulldogs return to the court tonight against San Diego at Jenny Craig Pavilion for its second chance at the outright WCC championship. Their first attempt didn't go so well in a 73-65 loss at BYU on Thursday.

My game advance dealt with the strengths and weaknesses of Gonzaga's NCAA Tournament resume. The Zags still have work to do, with three more regular season games and the upcoming WCC Tournament, but they're trending the right way. That is, GU has bounced back from its five previous losses with winning streaks, though BYU snapped the Zags' modest two-game winning streak.



NCAA proposes changes to targeting, substitution rules in football

The NCAA football rules committee is proposing changes to the targeting rule and considering whether or not to ease regulations on defensive substitutions in response to no-huddle offenses.

Gonzaga vs. Wichita State

S-R photojournalists Colin Mulvany and Dan Pelle are in Salt Lake City covering the Zags against Wichita State.  Check out a big picture gallery of their photos.

Iowa State defeats GU women 72-60

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the GU women's game against Iowa State.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Gonzaga men day before big game

S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle shot this photo in GU's locker room, Friday of Gonzaga team manager Colin Stevens, left, and player David Stockton giving teammate Sam Dower some good-natured ribbing during press conference time at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT. The Zags are preparing to play Wichita State on Saturday evening.      

GU vs. Southern (March 21)

S-R photojournalists Dan Pelle and Colin Mulvany are in Salt Lake City covering GU's game against Southern. Check out a big picture gallery of their photos.

GU practice in Salt Lake City

S-R photographer Dan Pelle covered GU's practice in preparation for their NCAA game against Southern in Salt Lake City.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

One more gameday at Beasley


FROM PULLMAN — And for all we know, there could be another. And maybe another after that. For more on Washington State's quarterfinal CBI matchup with Wyoming tonight, read on.

Young Zags not as young as WVU

Good evening from …. not Pittsburgh. We made it roughly halfway, to Minneapolis, thanks to two hours of sitting on the tarmac at the Spokane Airport due to mechanical issues with the plane. I wrote once we got airborne — hey I had some time on my hands — and the topic was the birth certificates of Gonzaga and West Virginia.

It's young vs. younger.

Here's my article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.  There's a number of articles on GU and WVU out there, but one in particular worth your attention. Dave Boling, former S-R staffer, writes about Mark Few and basketball is barely mentioned.

We'll be back with more, hopefully, from Pittsburgh, tomorrow.

Zags to face West Virginia in Pittsburgh

In the five seasons I've covered Gonzaga, here's the travel pattern when it comes to the NCAA tournament. 2008, Raleigh; 2009, Portland; 2010, Buffalo; 2011, Denver; 2012, Pittsburgh. Pretty much alternating far from home with close to home every other year, no?

Anyway, Gonzaga will trek east to face West Virginia in Pittsburgh, a little over an hour's drive from the Mountaineers' Morgantown campus. The seeding GU (7) and W.V. (10) is the same as it was when GU (7) took on Davidson (10) in Raleigh, about 2 1/2 hours from Davidson, N.C. in 2008.

You can see what the players and coaches think of the matchup in my article that will run in Monday's S-R. Here's John Blanchette's take on the tournament bracket and Gonzaga's draw. GU players certainly didn't seem too bothered by anything as Marquise Carter took a turn operating a TV camera, donning the headphones to look even more official.

There's more info on Gonzaga, West Virginia and the other half of the bracket (Ohio State and Loyola-Maryland) below. 

Zags try to find comfort zone

Good evening from Denver. Gonzaga practiced at D-II Regis University, where Donny Daniels' son, Eric, is an assistant coach. Press conferences here this evening and then a short, fan-friendly practice capped by the usual half-court shooting contest (Monninghoff hit the only one).

Here's my game preview. A capsule look at the matchup below.

Vandersloot honor, Iowa underdogs, Baker happy

OK, it's been a long day but there is women's basketball news to pass on between periods of this scoreless hockey game … Courtney Vandersloot is an All-District player (along with an Iowa player, the Zags' opponent in the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at McCarthey); Sherri Murrell is Big Sky co-coach of the year.

And Montana sophomore Katie Baker (Lake City) ftells Greg Lee the NCAA Tournament fulfills another goal.

There's more, read on.

GU-St. John’s tangle in Denver

I spent a couple hours at Gonzaga today after watching the selection show on CBS. Here's a link to the article I put together that will run in Monday's S-R. (There's an update on Sam Dower at the bottom). And here's John Blanchette's column on GU and the curious NCAA selection process.

Interesting draw for Gonzaga, which would probably gladly trade a spot on the seeding line (most had them as a No. 9 or No. 10 seed) to stay reasonably close to home. St. John's is a tough, talented Big East team that went 6-5 vs. the top 25 RPI, but the Red Storm lost key swingman D.J. Kennedy to a torn ACL early in the their Big East tournament quarterfinal loss to Syracuse.

There's also a capsule look below at GU and the other three teams in their Southeast bracket.

We'll have much more on GU right here over the next few days leading up to Thursday's game.

UPDATE: Ticket information here.

Reactions vary on decision to lift EWU’s postseason ban

I’ve been chasing comments on the NCAA’s decision to lift its postseason ban on Eastern Washington University’s football program all day and, for the most part, fans seemed jazzed.

But coaches and players have taken a much more subdued approach to the news, realizing there is a lot of work still left to do on the football field in order to make the NCAA’s latest ruling meaningful.

I’ve included an unedited version of the sidebar story on their reaction that will appear in Wednesday morning’s S-R, along with some links to related stories.

Read on, and please feel free to leave any thoughts you might have on the NCAA’s decision, or the players’ reactions, right here.



WSU vows to be back


The baseball season is over for Washington State, but the lessons learned during the run to the NCAA Tournament will last a long time, according to coach Donnie Marbut. After the Cougars lost to Oklahoma on Sunday, Marbut insisted they will be back – and soon. For more, read on.

WSU’s season ends with 7-2 loss


Washington State had one bad inning against Oklahoma on Sunday, but the seventh inning was bad enough to end the Cougars’ 32-25 season, the school’s best since 1990. Here’s the Daily Oklahoman’s quick, end-of-game story about the 7-2 defeat to the Sooners in Norman. We’ll be back tomorrow with links to all the game stories. Until then …

Looking back, and ahead, at WSU in NCAAs


It’s a do-or-be-out day for Washington State, facing Oklahoma this morning at 11 then, if the Cougars win, turning around and dealing with Arkansas at 5 this afternoon. WSU has already faced the Sooners this year, splitting an early season four-game set in Pullman. For more on Saturday’s win over Wichita State, read on.

WSU wins first NCAA game since 1990


WSU just eliminated Wichita State, 3-2, behind the 10-strikeout pitching of Chad Arnold (a career high), a two-run home run from Derek Jones (his 12th) and a solo shot from Jared Prince (his seventh). The two home runs were on back-to-back pitches in the sixth. The Cougar bullpen, which struggled mightily in the loss to Arkansas, came through this time with Jeremy Johnson getting the save, his 10th. Now WSU will wait to see which team they’ll play. It will be the loser of today’s Arkansas vs. Oklahoma game. To win the regional, WSU has to win four consecutive games. With today’s win, the Cougars need three more.

Looking back at WSU’s defeat


Washington State will be back on the diamond in a couple hours, so let’s catch up with what happened yesterday. Even if you don’t want to, read on.

Eighth inning does in WSU


The day started so promising for WSU. But a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth collapsed quickly, with Arkansas exploding for nine runs in a 10-3 NCAA-opening-round win. You can read the wire story here. When our story appears we’ll link to it for you.

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