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UPDATED: Sun., April 9, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Success of men’s team source of inspiration for Gonzaga women

Watching Gonzaga in the championship game in the NCAA Tournament last week is something Laura Stockton won’t forget.


John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s best season sets table for possibility of better future

So where do the Gonzaga Bulldogs go from here?


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Superstitious Gonzaga fans searching for answers to loss blame black jerseys

Gonzaga’s heartbreaking loss to North Carolina in the NCAA basketball championship had many wondering why GU’s promising season had such a bitter ending.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Kennedy Meeks saves North Carolina from another title game disappointment

One year after North Carolina’s championship hopes were dashed by another team’s one shining moment, Kennedy Meeks made sure it did not happen again.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:58 p.m.

John Blanchette: Loss puts sour end on great Gonzaga season

So the confetti that fell will end up in a landfill and not on some Gonzaga entrepreneur’s eBay page. So Nigel Williams-Goss’ No. 5 won’t adorn the clocktower for the …


North Carolina reached deep into its bag of big plays to defeat Gonzaga

North Carolina, the new national champions, found ways to win that went beyond their perceived strengths on the court.


Gonzaga could have used a few more makes at the free-throw line

Gonzaga won some statistical battles with the Tar Heels, including at the free-throw line, but the Bulldogs surely wish they had made a few more.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:42 p.m.

Jordan Mathews’ stay at Gonzaga was short but sweet

Jordan Mathews was one of three Gonzaga seniors – joining center Przemek Karnowski and reserve guard Rem Bakamus – who stepped out on the court in a Zags uniform on …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:35 p.m.

Nigel Williams-Goss, Zach Collins named to NCAA All-Tournament team

Redshirt junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss and freshman center Zach Collins, along with North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, were named to the NCAA men’s basketball championship …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:37 p.m.

Only North Carolina can feel Gonzaga’s pain

There’s only one other team in America right now that has an idea how Gonzaga feels after losing the championship game, and it’s the one that cut down the nets …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:51 p.m.

Zach Collins mum on his future with Gonzaga

Gonzaga fans will have to wait to hear whether Zach Collins will be a one-and-done or return for his sophomore season.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Przemek Karnowski’s lackluster finale doesn’t taint legacy

Przemek Karnowski was motionless during the postgame press conference after the national championship game. He rested his left fist on his cheek and stared blankly at the name tag in …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

Josh Perkins shut down in second half after knocking down 13 points before halftime

Josh Perkins was Gonzaga’s X-factor in the first half, scoring 13 points on 3 of 5 shooting and knocking down 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range. The second half …


North Carolina takes title from Gonzaga by making key plays late

Nothing made much sense in the second half. Foul calls stopped the game’s flow in its tracks and left key players on both teams in foul trouble. Perimeter shooting – …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Gonzaga-North Carolina: 3 keys to the Tar Heels’ 71-65 win

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 71-65 loss to North Carolina on Saturday, April 3, 2017 at University of Phoenix …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

TV Take: Ugly game further marred by awful officiating

What could have been. Gonzaga University could have been national champions, if only for, well, for a lot of things.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:53 p.m.

North Carolina beats Gonzaga 71-65 in championship game

Nigel Williams-Goss came to the interview room with red eyes. He made it through one question before choking up. Gonzaga and Williams-Goss aren’t used to losing, and coming up short …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 9:08 p.m.

Even from up high, Gonzaga fans soak up the experience

Zags or no Zags, Amber Westlin and Josh Burch were going to the Final Four.The North Seattle residents booked their tickets to the Final Four right as they went on …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Updates from Glendale during Gonzaga’s loss to North Carolina in NCAA championship game

FINAL - North Carolina wins, 71-65…


Rob Curley: It’s OK to be sentimental about this Gonzaga basketball team

This is what makes this year’s Gonzaga tale – you know, the ultimate connection between a community and its hometown team – one that makes you feel warm all over. …


Gonzaga’s critics, including those in the media, have started to change their opinions

GLENDALE, Ariz. – All season Gonzaga has heard the criticism. The Bulldogs read countless posts over social media that said Gonzaga was overrated and would never be good enough to …


Gonzaga president Thayne McCulloh sees Bulldogs’ history, success tied to community

Gonzaga president Thayne McCulloh stood in the student section at the end of the basketball court on Saturday.


North Carolina never loses transfers, in an age when almost every team does

More than 700 college basketball players transferred last season, emblematic of the impermanence riddling the sport. The trend, powered by less restrictive rules for graduates and a generational shift in …


John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s ties bind like no other program

There is something almost Rat Pack-y about them, only they’re in shorts and sports shirts instead of tuxes and unknotted bow ties.


Trip to the Great Outdoors illustrated Gonzaga players’ cohesiveness

Amidst a starry night sky and rows of trees, members of the Gonzaga men’s basketball team lined in a row and stretched out on their backs on a dock alongside …


Fresh blood vs. blue blood: Gonzaga faces North Carolina in NCAA national championship game

Josh Perkins dreamed of wearing a North Carolina uniform as a kid. Mark Few admits he installed Tar Heels coach Roy Williams’ fast break scheme for his first seven seasons …


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 9:13 p.m.

North Carolina has succeeded with players from Tar Heel state

“Dadgum” Roy Williams has become famous for his mountain-country accent, but he’s hardly the only person on the North Carolina bench with a drawl.


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

One night in Tunica: A Mark Few-Roy Williams story

College basketball coaches have become prominent, polarizing figures and it can be hard to remember that they are also human. So, here is a reminder.


North Carolina’s Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks seek second shot at a championship

There is an idea many people are having about this year’s national championship game that, because Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beater to beat North Carolina in last year’s title …


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski’s size takes toll on smaller guards

Jordan Mathews might have a trick for guards to avoid Gonzaga’s 7-foot-1, 300-pound behemoth center Przemek Karnowski.