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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

How we voted: List of unbeatens down to three teams after Nevada’s shocking loss at New Mexico

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 6:49 p.m.

How high can Gonzaga climb? Zags move up two spots to No. 5 in AP rankings

Conference play is taking a toll on several of college basketball’s top teams.Nevada dropped from the ranks of the unbeatens – only three remain – and Kansas lost for the …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Gonzaga rewind: Blocks, dunks and the impact of Killian Tillie’s and Geno Crandall’s return

Gonzaga filled up the stat sheet in Saturday’s 91-48 win over Santa Clara. If there was a feel-good column in the box score, the Zags would have stuffed it, too. …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Washington uses late surge to down rival Washington State in Pac-12 opener for both teams

David Crisp scored a season-high 23 points and Jaylen Nowell added 20 as Washington defeated Washington State 85-67.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Analysis: Killian Tillie, Geno Crandall contribute in return, help Gonzaga rout Santa Clara

Geno Crandall forced a Santa Clara turnover, Killian Tillie scooped up the loose ball and drove the length of the court for a layup with a defender in pursuit.


Top 25 Capsules: Zion Williamson leads No. 1 Duke past Clemson, 87-68

Freshman Zion Williamson had 25 points, 10 rebounds and a spectacular 360-degree dunk, and No. 1 Duke beat Clemson 87-68 on Saturday night in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Gonzaga-Santa Clara: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 91-48 victory over the Broncos

Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 91-48 victory over Santa Clara at the McCarthey Athletic Center.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

TV Take: Different viewpoint still shows Gonzaga is playing dominant basketball

If you could pull yourself away from the Seattle Seahawks’ playoff game with the Dallas Cowboys, and the Northwest’s favorite – or something – NFL announcing crew, Joe Buck and …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

Area roundup: Nate Pryor, Emmitt Taylor lead hot-shooting NIC over Treasure Valley

Nate Pryor scored 24 points, Emmitt Taylor added 23 points and North Idaho routed Treasure Valley 123-77 Saturday in Coeur d’Alene.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Jordan Davis leads Northern Colorado to overtime win against Idaho

Jordan Davis had 29 points, and Kai Edwards scored on a putback with 16 seconds left in overtime as Northern Colorado held off Idaho 83-79 on Saturday night to remain …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

Locally: Area college basketball players dominate respective Player of the Week honors

Seven college basketball players with area connections accumulated 11 player of the week awards last week, three of them also gaining national acclaim besides conference honors, for their performances the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Rui Hachimura leads No. 7 Gonzaga to rout of Santa Clara as Killian Tillie, Geno Crandall return to action

Rui Hachimura scored 25 points and Killian Tillie made his season debut as seventh-ranked Gonzaga routed Santa Clara 91-48 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center in the Bulldogs’ West …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 11 p.m.

Area basketball: Ben College scores 30 to lead Whitworth over Lewis & Clark

Ben College poured in 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting, and Whitworth cruised to an 89-77 win Friday over Lewis & Clark in Portland.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 9 p.m.

Gonzaga optimistic Killian Tillie, Geno Crandall will return for Santa Clara game

Gonzaga expects to have its entire roster available for the first time this season when it faces Santa Clara on Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Gonzaga-Santa Clara key matchup: Guard Tahj Eaddy leads Broncos’ turnaround

The emergence of sophomore guard Tahj Eaddy and freshman guards/wings Trey Wertz and Keshawn Justice has helped Santa Clara turn its season around.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Santa Clara’s resurgence adds spice to Gonzaga’s WCC opener

Back on Nov. 14, the Gonzaga-Santa Clara game looked like a yawner on the schedule.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

John Blanchette: Jay Hillock, Bruce Wilson return to Gonzaga for look at amazing transformation

About 15 months ago, on yet another late night on the road – New Orleans this time – Jay Hillock pushed through the glass door of another 7-Eleven manned by …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Washington State has clean bill of health heading into Pac-12 hoops opener at Washington

With three consecutive losses, Washington State’s basketball team might be limping into Pac-12 Conference play this week, but at least it’s only a figurative term for the now healthy Cougars …


Idaho builds double-digit lead, holds off Eastern Washington rally for first Big Sky victory

The victory is Idaho’s first in the Big Sky Conference against two losses and gives the Vandals a 4-10 overall mark. It also stopped a six-game losing streak.


Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Michigan returns to Big 10 play to beat Penn State

Iggy Brazdeikis had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Michigan returned to Big Ten play with a 68-55 victory over Penn State on Thursday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 9:33 p.m.

WCC improving, but Gonzaga still rates as solid favorite

By virtually every metric, from rudimentary win-loss records to the NCAA’s newfangled NET rankings, the WCC is experiencing a major upswing.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Record-breaking fall semester for Gonzaga student-athletes

Gonzaga student-athletes posted a fall semester cumulative grade-point average of 3.35, and they managed to set a few records along the way.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Pac-12 basketball might be headed for an all-time low in NCAA tournament bids

Those wanting a good West Coast hoops fix the past two months have turned to Gonzaga and Nevada. The Zags won the Maui Invitational. Nevada ran the table in nonconference …


Top 25 roundup: No. 11 Texas Tech holds off West Virginia

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Area roundup: Alphonso Anderson’s 28 powers North Idaho

Alphonso Anderson had 28 points with 12 rebounds and visiting North Idaho cruised past Big Bend 101-65 on Wednesday in a conference game.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Ex-USC basketball assistant Tony Bland pleads guilty in corruption case

Former University of Southern California assistant basketball coach Tony Bland has pleaded guilty in a criminal case in which prosecutors said bribes were paid to steer top athletes to certain …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

Gonzaga rewind: Super sub Jeremy Jones, Rui Hachimura’s ‘D’ and an update on Geno Crandall

There was no Geno Crandall yet, but there was a lot of Jeremy Jones and Rui Hachimura in Gonzaga’s 89-54 blowout of CSU Bakersfield on Monday night. Those three Zags …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

Former Wichita State forward, four-star recruit Chance Moore transferring to Washington State

Chance Moore, a 6-foot-6 wing who played sparingly in his freshman season at Wichita State, announced Monday he’d be transferring to WSU, one day after an official visit to the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Analysis: Rui Hachimura gives family something to cheer about in Gonzaga’s 89-54 victory

Rui Hachimura needed only to look into the crowd to find extra motivation Monday. The junior forward’s mom, sister and mom’s friend traveled from Japan to watch Hachimura’s last two …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: West Coast Conference slate not likely to be a walk in the park for Gonzaga

Oh, the Bulldogs might well win the West Coast Conference four or five games clear of the field, and could even run the table. When an opponent has their full …