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Day after West Virginia

There was one constant throughout the many ups and downs Gonzaga experienced before rallying for an 80-76 road win over West Virginia: Przemek Karnowski.

With Sam Dower Jr. in foul trouble and the Bulldogs' offense sputtering, the 7-foot-1 center provided scoring, rebounding, a defensive presence and stability. He also didn't commit a foul until 2:07 left in the second half.

Here's the S-R game recap, another game story here and some pointed comments by WVU players in this article,

More below in my day-after post.

Zags rally past Mountaineers

Gonzaga trailed by 10 four minutes into the second half, by eight with 8:23 left and by five with 7 minutes left.

Less than five minutes later, the Bulldogs led by 8. A 13-0 run, which included three 3s by Kevin Pangos, brought Gonzaga back and the Bulldogs went on to claim an 80-76 road win over West Virginia on Tuesday night.

This is the only road game we won't be at this season. We put together a game story, with the help of quotes supplied by Gonzaga SID Oliver Pierce. Read on for more on GU's fifth straight win.

Bulldogs face road test

The season is just over a month old but Gonzaga is about to face its first true road game. The Bulldogs are in Morgantown to take on West Virginia, which will be out to avenge two lopsided losses to GU in the last 20 months. It'll be a tough test, made tougher by the likelihood that Kevin Pangos (toe) and Gary Bell Jr. (hip) probably won't be at full strength. Both are expected to play

Here's my game advance, and others from the Charleston Gazette, Daily Athenaeum, Dominion Post, Bluefield Daily Telegraph and More from the Post here.


Day after West Virginia

Back with my day after West Virginia post. Gonzaga made quick work of the Mountaineers — just as it did eight months ago in the NCAA Tournament. It was the worst loss in coach Bob Huggins' six-year tenure at West Virginia. It was WVU's worst lost since an 84-46 setback to Villanova in Jan., 2005.

We linked to these late last night, but here's my game story, Jesse Tinsley's photos and John Blanchette's column. Here's a report from WVU sports information (with Huggins' blunt-as-always quotes), More from the Charleston Daily Mail.

More below.

GU handles West Virginia again

Good evening, err, morning. Gonzaga took apart West Virginia for the second time in eight months, the latest an 84-50 throttling late Monday night. It tipped off just after 9 p.m., was essentially over by 9:30 and finally ended at 11:22.

Here's my game story, Jesse Tinsley's photos and John Blanchette's column.

Check back tomorrow for my day-after post.

GU, WVU tangle at the MAC

Gonzaga's first big early season challenge comes tonight when West Virginia, led by coach Bob Huggins, visits the MAC at 9 (deadline special!). Here's my preview, and more on the game here, here (second half here) and here. And here and here. That's a lot of heres.

Also, the NCAA announced second- and third-round NCAA men's tournament games will be held at the Spokane Arena in March, 2014. Seattle and Portland are preliminary-round sites in 2015.

In-game updates tonight at

GU-West Virginia part of ESPN’s Marathon

For the fourth straight season, Gonzaga will be part of ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon.

The Bulldogs will entertain West Virginia on Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center in the first of 11 straight games televised on ESPN. Gonzaga is coming off a 26-7 season, including a 77-54 blowout of the Mountaineers in a second-round NCAA Tournament game in Pittsburgh. West Virginia finished 19-14.

Gonzaga is 1-2 in previous Tip-Off Marathon appearances with a win over Washington State last season and losses to San Diego State two years ago and Michigan State three years ago.

More here and here

Zags dismantle West Virginia, 77-54

Gonzaga made quick work of West Virginia, building a 17-point lead in the first 12 minutes and cruising to a 77-54 victory over the Mountaineers in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

Here's some of our report from Pittsburgh. Here's my game story and our notebook. Here's John Blanchette's column and Chris Anderson's photos.

Here's a game story and column in the Charleston Daily Mail. Here's's recap of the games played in Pittsburgh.

From Sacre to Stanley: GU reading material

Good evening from warm Pittsburgh (temps in the 70s last couple days). I just sent the last of three stories for Thursday's S-R.

Here's the rundown. My game preview can be found here. John Blanchette checked in with Gonzaga's Robert Sacre, who has already made the Final Four in one sense, and a Bob Huggins' column that hasn't been posted yet. We'll link to it when it appears on the Website. Below, you can find my sidebar on pro golfer Kyle Stanley, who is planning on attending Thursday's game.

UPDATE: Here's Chris Anderson's photos and Blanchette's column.

I arrived in Pittsburgh and at Consol Energy Center just in time to see Southern Miss finish practice. The Golden Eagles' staff of Larry Eustachy, Leonard Perry and Steve Barnes all have ties to the University of Idaho. I covered Eustachy's UI teams in the early 1990s and Perry's Vandal teams in the early 2000s. I put together an article after a brief visit with the candid Eustachy. 

Read on for more.

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. 

GU-WVU game off

Looks like the proposed Gonzaga-West Virginia game won’t take place. More here.

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