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Five standouts and five sleepers from Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament

UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

The All-America candidates in Mark Few’s frontcourt may be the headliners this week at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, but Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament is flush with talent, from Baylor’s well-traveled senior floor general, Makai Mason, to Syracuse guard Tyus Battle, who returned for his junior season in part to see how deep he could take the Orange this March.

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John Blanchette: Doc Ball answers all your First Four questions

Learned and wise about college basketball as he is, Charles Barkley can’t cover everything, especially when it comes to all that’s complicating Gonzaga’s merge from the on-ramp to the fast lane of the NCAA Basketball Tournament this March. Good thing, then, that ol’ Doc Ball is here to answer your many questions and craft a primer to get you through this First Four chicane. So fire away.
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Gonzaga guard Geno Crandall’s tournament connections strong

Senior guard Geno Crandall watched the Selection Show with great interest to learn Gonzaga’s seeding and also see the draw for numerous friends. Crandall, a Minneapolis native, knows virtually all of the players on Minnesota’s roster. His former prep teammates at DeLaSalle High included 6-foot-8 forward Reid Travis, a graduate transfer at Kentucky, and 6-5 wing Sacar Anim, a redshirt junior at Marquette.
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Healthy outlook for Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie, Josh Perkins

UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Killian Tillie’s health has been a key factor throughout Gonzaga’s 2019 season. Josh Perkins’ shoulder was a major question for months leading up to the season. Both should be ready to go when the top-seeded Gonzaga Zags (30-3) open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
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Gonzaga falls to fourth, Duke back on top in final AP poll

UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

The final AP college basketball poll of the season mirrors the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 seed line. Gonzaga’s three-week stay at No. 1 in the media poll ended with a disappointing 60-47 loss to Saint Mary’s in the WCC Tournament title game last Tuesday. The Zags (30-3) slipped to fourth, one day after receiving the fourth No. 1 seed from the selection committee.