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NCAA Men 2011

Coverage of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sports >  National sports

Men’s Basketball Top 25 Capsules: Nick Ward helps No. 9 Michigan State rout Green Bay

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 16, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Nick Ward scored 22 of his 28 points in a nearly perfect first half to help No. 9 Michigan State rout Green Bay 104-83 on Sunday night, at East Lansing, Michigan. Ward made all nine of his field goal attempts in the first half, although he did miss a free throw. The Spartans (9-2) made their last seven shots of the half to take a 64-35 lead. Ward also made his first two shots of the second half and finished 12 of 13. Sandy Cohen III scored 22 points for Green Bay (6-6).

NCAA Men’s Top 25 Capsules: Collin Gillespie helps Villanova beat No. 14 Florida State

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Collin Gillespie had 17 points, including two key late free throws, and Villanova won the AdvoCare Invitational by beating No. 14 Florida State 66-60. Gillespie made it 64-60 by connecting on a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds left in what was a tight second half. Eric Paschall had 15 points and Phil Booth chipped in 12 for the defending national champions (5-2).


Arena notebook: Saint Joseph’s Hawk still unflappable

As St. Joseph’s faced Oregon in the second round of the NCAA tournament, the Hawk did what makes him one of the more famous mascots in college sports: flapping his wings … all game long. From pregame warmups to the final buzzer, that adds up to about 3,500 flaps.
Sports >  Gonzaga basketball

Ex-GU star Santangelo: It’s easy to root for this team

HOUSTON – The celebrating was done. Back at their hotel, the Gonzaga Bulldogs had already turned their thoughts to Duke and the 40 minutes that stand between them and the Final Four – not in a scouting-report kind of way, but just in the thinking-about-it kind of way. When Matt Santangelo spotted Gary Bell Jr. in the lobby, he knew that.

Gonzaga has rematch with UCLA, this time in Sweet 16

When the NCAA men’s tournament reaches the Sweet 16, that means there are only 15 games left to decide a national champion. Kentucky needs to win four of those games to become the first undefeated champion since Indiana in 1976. The Wildcats improved to 36-0 – the best start to a season for any team – with a workmanlike win over Cincinnati. Next up in the Midwest Regional semifinal is West Virginia, another team that will come right at Kentucky and try to force turnovers, the Mountaineers’ trademark this season.

Blog Posts


Gonzaga defeats Loyola 74-55

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's home win against Loyola Marymount. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Gonzaga notebook

Back with the last post from Buffalo. It's a unedited notebook. Take a look below.

Grippi column

OK, change of plans. Vince Grippi's unedited column is posted below and we'll have notes up in about an hour. Read on.


Zags crushed by Syracuse

Back with the game story from Gonzaga's season ending 87-65 loss to Syracuse. Read on for the unedited version and check back in about 90 minutes for notes and column.

GU season ends in blowout loss

Gonzaga's shooting woes continued in the second half. Syracuse's deadeye shooting continued, too. Just like the first half, it was a bad combination for the Bulldogs.Andy Rautins scored 11 points in a two-minute flurry early in the second half to blow open the game. Syracuse...

Zags down 15 at half

Gonzaga got off to a quick start offensively, hitting its first three shots (all coming on Matt Bouldin passes), but the Bulldogs paid for a 4:20 offensive dry spell midway through the half and during a big spurt by Syracuse in the closing 4 minutes.The...

Final post from Buffalo

And here's a couple more items for your reading pleasure: Vince Grippi's column and a side bar on the charitable efforts of the Boeheims and Fews.Read on.

Gonzaga game preview and notes

Just about to wrap up a busy day in Buffalo. A couple of posts tonight: First up, here is my unedited game preview and notebook. Read on for those. Come back in a few minutes for more.

Sacre leaves ‘em laughing

Back with the final post of the night. My NCAA-issued wireless connection is operating about at the same efficiency as Florida State made shots Friday -- roughly 35.6 percent.So I'll post quickly while it's working. Read on for an unedited notebook.

Zags get the job done

Gonzaga's impressive first half was enough to stave off Florida State on Friday. Gonzaga (27-6) will face No. 1-seeded and fourth-ranked Syracuse on Sunday at 9:10 a.m. PDT. Syracuse (29-4) cruised over Vermont 79-56 in Friday’s nightcap in front of an Orange-clad crowd of 18,948.Click...

Game day from Buffalo

About six hours from tip of Gonzaga-Florida State, so we'll get a quick post together while the wireless is still functioning (yes, it's been hit or miss)..Links: Here's the S-R advance, notes and column. The Tallahassee newspaper preview, side bar, and glance at GU. Orlando...

Gonzaga notes

Good evening once again. As promised, here's an unedited notebook and Vince Grippi's unedited column. Both will run in Friday's S-R. Read on for more.

Zags, Seminoles clash in first round

Good evening from Buffalo. Weather's great, the press conferences and team practices are over and we'll give you a couple of posts tonight.First up, my unedited game advance and a quick capsule look at the two teams. Come back in a while for a notebook...
News >  Spokane

Obama: Zags will lose in first round

President Obama is predicting that Florida State will beat Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Obama released his NCAA picks today. He also expects Michigan State and Texas A & M to make it out of Spokane into the Sweet Sixteen.He says Kansas...

Zags going to Buffalo

The Zags are No. 8 seed in the West Region, but they will be traveling all the way to Buffalo, N.Y., to face ninth-seeded Florida State on Friday in the first round of its 12th consecutive NCAA tournament.The Bulldogs won the West Coast Conference regular...