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A collection of Spokesman-Review stories recounting key moments the Gonzaga men’s basketball program and its rise to mid-major dominance.

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John Blanchette: Zags enjoy view from the top

In a new twist to an old tale, the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrated their latest bauble with a hike among their flock roaring hosannas at the Orleans Arena. Sure, past champions have gone into the stands before to celebrate with their peeps. But these Zags climbed all the way to the top.
Gonzaga fans cheer the Bulldogs in the second half, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga holds No. 1 ranking

Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1. The Bulldogs beat Loyola Marymount 66-48 in its first — and so far only — game as the nation's top-ranked team. They will look to win the West Coast Conference title Monday night.


Gonzaga's Ronny Turiaf, left, fights for the ball with PSU's Scott Morrison during a monster game that included 33 points and nine rebounds.
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Zags win to open McCarthey era

Mark Few didn't even try to defend his Gonzaga Bulldogs' effort on defense Friday night. "It was absolutely the worst I've seen in my 16 years here," the Zags sixth-year head basketball coach said.
An emotionally charged Ronny Turiaf late in the second half helped the Bulldogs to victory over Georgia Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 in Spokane. (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags climb to highest ranking ever: No. 4

The Gonzaga University men's basketball program stepped up to a whole new level Monday when the Bulldogs moved up to No. 4 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 rankings.
John Stockton, with his wife Nada, turns to the crowd in The Kennel to show the jersey Gonzaga retired in his honor Wednesday night 2/18/04.  Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson)

Zags retire Stockton’s No. 12

John Stockton has a ready explanation as to why no player at Gonzaga University has been issued jersey number 12 since he graduated in 1984. And it isn't that the keeper of the uniforms kept it in a drawer - a pocket veto, if you will. "I don't think anybody asked for it," he joked, the self-deprecation needle going into the red. Hmm. Could be something to that. It's never easy to be the guy who follows The Guy, even if such an unlucky soul was never expected to come along at Gonzaga.

Good Enough To Make Terps Find Answers

Nope, they weren't another Cleveland State. Didn't do a Santa Clara. Couldn't pull a Siena. They were just the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and with the dancing done for now, that's enough.

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Rev. Robert Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University (The Spokesman-Review)

Q & A with Father Spitzer

On the eve of Gonzaga's 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, the Rev. Robert Spitzer, the school's president, sat down with Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette for an hour-long Q-and-A. What follows is the long version of the interview that appears in Thursday's paper.