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Gonzaga’s follow-up formula impressive after landmark seasons

Gonzaga seems to have the hang of this year-after-the-year thing. Long recognized nationally for its string of 19 straight NCAA Tournaments, the Zags have moved into the forefront the last …


John Blanchette: Recruiting evolves but Gonzaga’s standards remain

Once upon a time long, long ago in college basketball, there was a pretty uniform look to recruiting: junior college prospects to fill instant needs, freshmen for “program players.” There …


Picture-perfect additions made to the McCarthey Athletic Center for Gonzaga basketball

Several improvements have already debuted, including the new center-hung scoreboard and two new end-wall videoboards inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.


Retooled Gonzaga not looking in rear-view mirror entering 2017-18 season

A mix of established veterans and promising talents are the key names on Gonzaga’s roster for the 2018 season.


Ernie Kent cranking up the pace as Washington State enters 2017-18 season

For all the time they spend wearing down their bodies with shuttle sprints, hill runs and VersaClimber intervals, the Washington State Cougars probably had their most exhaustive cardio program of …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 11:12 a.m.

WCC preview: There’s a reason Saint Mary’s is unanimous pick

The West Coast Conference has already seen its Upset of the Year. It came in October when nine of the league’s head coaches made Saint Mary’s their pick to finish …


New Washington coach Mike Hopkins injects energy into rebuilding program

Clutching a purple-colored pad close to his chest, Mike Hopkins looked like a modern-day basketball gladiator as he directed a layup drill at a recent practice. “Hit me!” the new …


New coach Shantay Legans intent on keeping Eastern Washington in the mix at top of Big Sky

Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans is expecting great things next spring.


Loaded Idaho Vandals embrace role of Big Sky Conference favorites

Picked by the Big Sky Conference coaches and media to win the league this year, the University of Idaho Vandals can either shrink from the challenge or embrace it.


NCAA notebook: North Carolina aims for big follow-up to NCAA title run

The Tar Heels enter the season as the reigning national champion after spending last year chasing another shot following a crushing loss in the 2016 final. It remains to be …


Jill Barta, Laura Stockton expected to step up even more for Gonzaga in 2017-18 season

Jill Barta and Laura Stockton have some big shoes to fill: their own. Last year they helped lead Gonzaga to a West Coast Conference title and a return to the …


Delaney Hodgins leads Eastern Washington women into 2017-18 season

Delaney Hodgins appreciates the honor – Big Sky Conference coaches voted her the preseason MVP – but not the implications of her Eagles being picked for a seventh-place finish.


Washington State women aim for new heights

Has any basketball team defied the odds more than last year’s Washington State women’s squad?


Idaho women return several key players for 2017-18 season

After reaching the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational last year, the Vandals had to wait almost six months to get back on the court.


CC Spokane men’s team has only fours sophomores but is experienced while North Idaho brings in talented transfers

The CC Spokane men’s head basketball coach Jeremy Groth said he might only have four sophomores on his 16-man crew this year, but they were all significant contributors last season.