TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2018
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.
Gonzaga’s 2019 recruiting class is off to a strong start with commitments from Anton Watson, Brock Ravet and Martynas Arlauskas.
MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2018
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura was honored as the WCC player of the week.
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.
SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2018
Everything is a work in progress this early in the college basketball season.
SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2018
No. 3 Gonzaga shook off the absence of two top scorers, opened up a 22-point lead at the break and cruised to a 104-67 victory over Texas Southern in front of a full house of 6,000 Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 104-67 win over Texas Southern on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2018
Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones and several of his key players have toured some of the toughest venues in college basketball. The Tigers traditionally play a road-heavy, nonconference schedule stocked with premier programs. First-year head coach Jones is familiar with tough arenas across the country and particularly in the SEC after a five-year head coaching stint at LSU. Gonzaga and the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center present a unique challenge, Jones said.
Jalyn Patterson carried the Tigers down the stretch in a 72-69 comeback win over Baylor. The LSU transfer made five 3-pointers, two in the final minute, and had six assists.
THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2018
Texas Southern, a 20- to 25-point underdog according to oddsmakers, rallied from a 17-point deficit to knock off Baylor on the road. The upset made little noise nationally, but it resonated in Spokane.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2018
Geno Crandall considers himself a positive person, which came in handy during several of the most stressful months of his young life.
The Gonzaga-Texas Southern game on Saturday will be televised on SWX locally and ROOT Sports throughout the region.
TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2018
Rui Hachimura’s first shot was a successful elbow jumper 38 seconds into the game. He spent the rest of the night attacking the rim via a variety of power moves. He probably would have joined Gonzaga’s 40-point club had Idaho State kept the score reasonably close.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from 120-79 win over Idaho State on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
Rui Hachimura has become a familiar name on preseason watch lists, with Killian Tillie not far behind and Zach Norvell Jr. receiving several mentions, too.
MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2018
The preseason rankings and hype surrounding Gonzaga basketball take a backseat to an actual basketball game Tuesday. The third-ranked Zags entertain Idaho State at the McCarthey Athletic Center, which hasn’t been a hospitable place for visitors in regular season openers.
One of the Zags’ primary goals defensively will be containing Idaho State’s 3-point shooters, led by 6-foot-6 guard/forward Jared Stutzman. The junior from Idaho Falls hit 52 percent from distance last season. He played at Utah Valley as a freshman.
Gonzaga junior forwards Rui Hachimura and Killian Tillie are on the preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy player of the year.
FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2018
The two punt returns for touchdowns, endless supply of big plays by both teams and enormous momentum swings weren’t quite enough to settle the Coeur d’Alene-Borah playoff game. It required one more crazy play in a game overflowing with them.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2018
As one might expect, the steady sound of whistles made finding offensive rhythm a challenge in third-ranked Gonzaga’s 108-69 rout over the Wildcats.
It’s been a banner year for area volleyball, with Washington State in the top 20, Idaho and Whitworth chasing titles in their respective conferences and Community Colleges of Spokane closing in on an unbeaten regular season.
Josh Perkins doesn’t always tell you how he’s feeling – though he’s routinely a post-game go-to for media – so much as show you. It’s one of the reasons he’ll begin his senior season the same way he’s entered every game since eighth grade: By writing “Prove Them Wrong” on his wrist tape.
Gonzaga pretty much went unbeaten in the offseason, until Tuesday’s news that junior forward Killian Tillie will miss eight weeks with a stress fracture in his ankle.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2018
Gonzaga’s fan base gets its first look Thursday in an exhibition game against Central Washington at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2018
Gonzaga will be without one of its key players for roughly the first two months of the season. Junior forward Killian Tillie, recently named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award preseason watch list, is expected to miss eight weeks after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his ankle.