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Texas big man Drew Timme commits to Gonzaga

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Gonzaga bolstered its 2019 recruiting class with a standout forward from Texas. Drew Timme announced his commitment Wednesday morning to the Zags at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas.

Hotel labor dispute could impact Gonzaga’s, fans’ Maui trip

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

The Maui Invitational annually serves up stunning scenery, warm ocean breezes and the best holiday tournament college basketball has to offer. That won’t change next week with a loaded field that includes No. 1 Duke, No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 9 Auburn, but several teams, including GU, and their fans might experience some disruptions at the island paradise due to a hotel workers strike.

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer gets 1,000th career win

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer became the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to win 1,000 games when the Scarlet Knights beat Central Connecticut State 73-44. Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell in the 1,000-victory club.

John Blanchette: Santa Clara answers Mark Few’s call to arms

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 2:07 p.m.

It’s Santa Clara’s answer to comments Gonzaga’s longtime basketball coach made to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Ed Graney at last month’s West Coast Conference media day at Orleans Arena – a continuation of a Few theme that’s been logged in the Spokesman for, well, years.

How we voted: Duke the undisputed No. 1 after blazing past Kentucky in season opener

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break down he voted, offering three thoughts on the latest edition of the poll, an update on the Pac-12’s ranked teams and a look at local Top 25 representative Gonzaga.

Minnesota enters women’s AP Top 25, top 5 remain unchanged

First-year Minnesota coach Lindsay Whalen became the 39th person to play and coach a team that was ranked when her alma mater entered the women’s basketball poll Monday at No. 25. Whalen is the 12th to accomplish the feat at the same school.

Gonzaga stays at No. 3 in AP poll, Duke climbs into top spot

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 7:06 p.m.

The top 11 ranked teams – other than No. 3 Gonzaga – reshuffled in the first regular-season AP men’s basketball poll. The Zags (2-0) remained at No. 3, same as their preseason position. Duke’s convincing 118-84 romp over former No. 2 Kentucky vaulted the Blue Devils from fourth to the top spot and prompted movement elsewhere in the top 11.

Gonzaga outlasts Eastern Washington 63-51 in women’s basketball

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Eastern Washington held Gonzaga’s offense in check for about three quarters on Sunday. But the Eagles’ offense didn’t take advantage of the Bulldogs’ early shooting woes, and eventually Gonzaga pulled away in the fourth quarter of a 63-51 victory at Reese Court.