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Blanchette: Bekkering steps up when Zags need new star

Say, that wasn’t entirely the Gonzaga group hug everyone began anticipating. For a few minutes there, throats couldn’t have been tighter if a drill sergeant with a toothbrush and latrines …


Cardinals lose one of their best players during warm-ups

Louisville’s chances took a hit before the starting lineups were even announced for the Cardinals’ Sweet 16 matchup against Gonzaga at the Arena Saturday night. That wasn’t clear until 90 …


College basketball coaches shift into high gear for 48 hours

PULLMAN – The buzzer had sounded. The players had celebrated, showered, left. Head coach Ken Bone was finishing up his media responsibilities. The buzz of Washington State University’s 74-64 National …


Stanford slips past Tar Heels to set up final with Zags

A fourth straight trip to the Final Four is within Stanford’s reach. A national championship? That, too, is in sight.


Butler overcomes Florida in overtime to advance to Final Four again

NEW ORLEANS – Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they’re going back to the Final Four. …


Connecticut continues late-season surge all the way to Final Four

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jim Calhoun could scarcely watch when the most improbable postseason run of his coaching life at Connecticut came down to an open 3-point attempt by Arizona’s Jamelle …


Gonzaga wins home baseball opener

Ryan Carpenter gave up a first-inning run then settled down to pitch Gonzaga to a 4-1 nonconference win over 11th-ranked UC Irvine on Friday night at Patterson Baseball Complex in …


Kentucky Wildcats ready for No. 1-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes

NEWARK, N.J. – Kentucky prides itself on its history, and rightfully so. The Wildcats have done just about everything there is to do in college basketball. Whether you’re talking about …


WSU beats Northwestern, heads to Madison Square Garden

PULLMAN – It wasn’t easy, but what during the past 48 hours had been? Washington State University not only had to deal with the off-again, on-again playing status of post …


Blanchette: Doobious decision not high point

The beat goes on for Team Spliff. Washington State’s athletic department drew its line in the sand with the Pullman police Wednesday, and at the same time muddied its own …


Wichita State next for Cougars

Wichita State seniors Gabe Blair and J.T. Durley made their final home game memorable, combining for 30 points and leading the Shockers past the College of Charleston 82-75 on Wednesday …


Zags set sights on Louisville

If you think the Gonzaga players are glad they don’t have to play Xavier in their next NCAA basketball tournament game, you’re right. But if you think that means the …


UCLA and Gonzaga at a glance

3 UCLA Region: Spokane


North Carolina knocks Huskies out of NCAA tournament

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was somewhat fitting, if not entirely coincidental, that Venoy Overton sat apart from his University of Washington teammates shortly after the Huskies’ third-round game of the …


High-scoring GU faces stingy UCLA tonight

The irresistible force meets the immovable object. In the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at the McCarthey Atheltic Center that means the Gonzaga offense and the UCLA …


Sunday’s NCAA men’s tournament results

Men’s report East Regional


Bruins’ press a mystery

UCLA is going to slap on a full-court press on Gonzaga tonight in the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. What the Bulldogs don’t know is exactly what …


Cougars face Oklahoma State in NIT second round

PULLMAN – Mention Oklahoma State to a certain generation of Washington State basketball players and they shudder a bit. Robbie Cowgill, Kyle Weaver, Daven Harmeling, they all look back at …


Jimmer Fredette’s 34 points lead BYU to victory over Gonzaga

DENVER – The chant went up from the thousands of BYU fans inside the Pepsi Center with roughly 30 seconds remaining: “You Got Jimmered, You Got Jimmered.” True enough, but …


Vandersloot, Standish almost leave Zags coach speechless

Kelly Graves insists he is out of words to describe his sensational point guard, Courtney Vandersloot. The Gonzaga coach came through in the clutch Saturday after Vandersloot scored a career-high …


NIC Cardinals bring home title

SALINA, Kan. – Tournament MVP Kama Griffitts hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Tugce Canitez added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds to power the North …


NCAA notes: Hansbrough brothers know how to compete

That fan who taunted Ben Hansbrough by yelling, “Tyler’s better!” during Notre Dame’s second-round win won’t get any argument from the Big East player of the year. Not these days, …


BYU’s motivated by underdog status

DENVER – It’s no easy task defending BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, the nation’s top scorer. It’s even tougher when Fredette and his teammates are highly motivated.


Blanchette: Zags can point finger at itself for setback to BYU

DENVER – March is a bad time to turn the clock back to December. The happy roll the Gonzaga Bulldogs manufactured in the last month of the 2011 college basketball …


Whitworth’s Taylor named Division III player of year

SALEM, Va. – Whitworth senior guard Michael Taylor was named the D3hoops.com men’s player of the year, was named to a pair of All-America first teams, and led the West …


Vandersloot, Standish combine for 64 points as Zags rally past Iowa

For those who wondered what the Gonzaga women’s basketball team would do when faced with meaningful possessions down the stretch of a close game, the answer was revealed Saturday afternoon …


Huskies face huge challenge against North Carolina’s height

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the past month, stringy-but-stringent University of Washington senior Justin Holiday has shut down UCLA swingman Tyler Honeycutt, banged with beefy USC big man Nikola Vucevic and …


Cougs happy to host Oklahoma State team that’s 1-9 on road

PULLMAN – If there is one word that describes Oklahoma State’s basketball team, it may just be “tough.” Sort of appropriate for a bunch of Cowboys.


WSU wins NIT opener over Long Beach State

PULLMAN – Early on in Wednesday night’s National Invitation Tournament first-round game, there was a certain early-season vibe in Beasley Coliseum. That was fine with Washington State.


San Francisco ends Vandals’ season at CollegeInsider.com

SAN FRANCISCO – Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin never hesitated afterward: The Vandals, he said, had a remarkable year given the expectations. Still, they no doubt would like a …