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UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

No stopping Villanova as Wildcats roll to second championship in three years

The Villanova Wildcats treated the Michigan Wolverines pretty much the same way they treated the rest of their NCAA Tournament opponents: like a practice squad.


From humble beginnings, 3-point shot now the key to a title

It used to be considered a gimmick, an experiment and even worse – a shot employed only by risk-taking coaches with teams that were big on dreams, short on talent …


Villanova, Michigan coaches have different styles, similar results

Jay Wright’s custom-tailored suits are as sharp as Villanova’s 3-point shooting. The game-day attire for Michigan coach John Beilein is more reflective of his team’s emphasis on old-school fundamentals and …


Michigan’s 3-point defense is key to upsetting Villanova

Facing a team that shoots as well as Villanova, limiting the takes from 3-point range is about as important as limiting the makes.


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Arike Ogunbowale’s 3-pointer lifts Notre Dame to national championship

Arike Ogunbowale’s 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left on Sunday lifted Notre Dame to a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA women’s championship game.


More than 3s: Villanova must move ball, rebound vs. Michigan

Villanova has made more 3-pointers than any team in NCAA Division I history and fittingly set a Final Four single-game record for made 3s to reach Monday’s national championship game.


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Notre Dame wins Spokane Regional and spot in national semifinals

Notre Dame defeated Oregon 84-74 on Monday night at the Arena, winning the Spokane Regional and avancing to the Final Four.


UConn routs South Carolina 94-65, heads back to Final Four

Crystal Dangerfield led the way as top-seeded UConn routed No. 2 South Carolina 94-65 on Monday night to reach the national semifinals for a record 11th consecutive year.


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Louisville routs Oregon State 76-43 to reach women’s Final Four

Asia Durr scored 18 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 and top-seeded Louisville earned its first Final Four berth since 2013 with a 76-43 rout of No. 6 seed Oregon State …


Mississippi State beats UCLA 89-73 to reach second straight women’s Final Four

Teaira McCowan had 23 points and 21 rebounds, Victoria Vivans added 24 points and top-seeded Mississippi State beat relentless UCLA 89-73 on Sunday night to reach its second straight Final …


Final Four spot secured, Loyola gets warm welcome home

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola-Chicago got quite a reception as they returned to campus on Sunday.


Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four

Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere.


Success isn’t foreign to Oregon freshman Satou Sabally of Germany

Two years ago, Oregon freshman guard Satou Sabally was a promising international player in Germany. She was on the radar of several major programs, but apparently they weren’t on hers.


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 9:02 p.m.

Notre Dame-Oregon: A stellar matchup for Spokane Regional final

Coaches are paid to worry. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is fretting about her team’s defense on the 3-point line. Oregon’s Kelly Graves is stressing about rebounding.


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Kelly Graves enjoyed smooth recruiting transition from Gonzaga to Oregon

The base of the coaching ladder is littered with names of those who weren’t able to make that next step – lower-level head coaches who couldn’t find the same success …


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Malik Newman carries Kansas past Duke, into Final Four

Malik Newman scored all 13 of Kansas’ points in overtime, and the top-seeded Jayhawks are back in the Final Four for the first time since 2012 after beating No. 2 …


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 7:55 p.m.

Villanova returns to Final Four, beating Texas Tech 71-59

Villanova, the 2016 national champion, is headed back to the Final Four, thanks to a fourth straight double-digit victory in a month of March where they’ve played every bit like …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Chris Beard, Texas Tech oust Purdue 78-65 in NCAA East Region

Chris Beard has done it to Purdue again. The Texas Tech coach knocked the Boilermakers out of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, this time leading …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Duke squeezes Orange 69-65, sets up matchup with Kansas

Gary Trent Jr., made two clutch free throws with 6.3 seconds left to help second-seeded Duke hold off the 11th-seeded Orange in a 69-65 victory in the Midwest Region semifinals …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Oregon women anticipate tough showing in Spokane from 11th-seeded Central Michigan

Funny, this doesn’t feel like the junior half of the Spokane Regional bracket.


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:37 p.m.

Gritty K-State delivers another upset, 61-58 over Kentucky

Demeaned by many pundits as the worst team still alive in the NCAA Tournament, ninth-seeded Kansas State got 22 points from Xavier Sneed and gave the South Regional one more …


Q&A with Dick Vitale: ‘I have them (Zags) as one of my Final Four teams’

Earlier this week, betweeen his pre-tournament ESPN spots and radio interviews, “Dickie V” took time to chat with The Spokesman-Review. He recalls his favorite moments from the last three WCC …


Know your pod: Test your knowledge of Gonzaga’s fellow teams in Boise

How well do you know Gonzaga’s pod in the NCAA Tournament West Regional? Take our 15-question pod quiz to find out.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

John Blanchette: Battle-tested Bulldogs aiming for return to Final Four

For six months there was the happy hangover, the gratification of getting to where no Gonzaga team had been before. Then came the reset, the having to put it away …