Stories tagged: college basketball
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
John Blanchette: Washington State’s hiring of Kyle Smith suggests determination more than desperation
If you look at the history – the raw numbers of history, at least – the easy conclusion to lunge at is that Washington State mixed some unconventional thinking in …
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 8:55 p.m.
The debate over Gonzaga coach Mark Few’s best team – 2017 vs. 2019 – remains undecided, with the current squad still assembling its full body of work.
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 8:39 p.m.
Gonzaga faces tough task, but appears better equipped to deal with Florida State in Sweet 16 rematch
The Sweet 16 rematch unfolds Thursday at the Honda Center and both teams have improved since that meeting last March.
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 8:31 p.m.
Mfiondu Kabengele was Florida State’s leading scorer during the regular season, ACC Tournament and leads the team in the NCAA Tournament – despite coming off the bench in all 36 …
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 9:41 p.m.
One day after initial reports surfaced linking Kyle Smith to Washington State’s vacant men’s basketball job, the two sides have agreed to a long-term contract to make Smith the Cougars’ …
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 10:10 p.m.
Ernie Yake singled home Brett Harris in the bottom of the eighth inning and Michael Spellacy pitched a perfect ninth as Gonzaga topped Washington 5-4 in a nonconference game on …
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:14 p.m.
Look, excellence is swell and should be rewarded. Merit? Merit is the cream that makes the coffee taste like something a little better than acrid hot water. Merit rules. But …
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:20 p.m.
Down the road, there figures to be an ESPN 30 for 30 on Gonzaga’s rise to national prominence and Mark Few’s probable Hall of Fame coaching career.
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:05 p.m.
Washington State and San Francisco’s Kyle Smith are finalizing a deal that would make Smith the Cougars’ next basketball coach, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Tuesday.
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 7:05 p.m.
With perennially contending Gonzaga being courted by the Mountain West, school leaders sought a way to leverage their position as one of the best teams in college basketball. The cut …
Tue., March 26, 2019, 5:05 p.m.
The NCAA’s revenue distribution system puts an exact price tag on bids and wins in the NCAA Tournament leading up to the Final Four. And once conferences are paid, they …
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:55 p.m.
An NCAA Tournament upset or at-large bid is like winning the lottery for the smaller conferences in college basketball. They often use it to fund conference-wide initiatives to improve team …
UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:14 p.m.
Rui Hachimura became the third Gonzaga player ever named first-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Tue., March 26, 2019, 4:12 p.m.
The NCAA says an Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that’s perfect through the tournament’s first 48 games. Gregg Nigl of Columbus says he almost didn’t …
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 10:53 p.m.
Michigan State and Michigan, those fierce in-state rivals, actually have a lot in common at the moment: Both teams are in the Sweet 16 because of their defense. The Spartans …
Tue., March 26, 2019, 2:41 p.m.
Dave Rose is stepping down as BYU’s head basketball coach after 14 seasons during which he led the Cougars to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Mon., March 25, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De’Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament. For the first time …
UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 8:16 p.m.
If Zags’ followers had flashbacks when the West Regional bracket was announced on Selection Sunday, they’ve probably intensified after the first weekend of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Florida State will be without senior forward Phil Cofer, who didn’t play in FSU’s opening-round win over Vermont because of a foot injury and then learned devastating news in the …
Mon., March 25, 2019, 12:49 p.m.
It’s not that their 22-point loss to North Carolina came without pain, but it paled in comparison to UW’s season-long pride.
UPDATED: Sun., March 24, 2019, 10:46 p.m.
NCAA Tournament: Zion Williamson made a layup over 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall in the closing seconds and RJ Barrett’s putback provided the margin of victory as top-seeded Duke held off UCF …
Sun., March 24, 2019, 9:02 p.m.
Gonzaga’s Sweet 16 rematch with Florida State will tip at 4:09 PT Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
UPDATED: Sun., March 24, 2019, 11:28 p.m.
With the first weekend of the tournament now over, fewer than five percent of college basketball’s teams 353 teams are still playing. Kansas and Kansas State, both No. 4 seeds …
UPDATED: Sun., March 24, 2019, 7:06 p.m.
Take a wild guess which Zag had the honor of putting a Gonzaga sticker on the Sweet 16 line of an oversized NCAA Tournament bracket inside the locker room. “Don’t …
Sat., March 23, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Michigan State is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015 after rolling past Minnesota 70-50 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night …
UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 11:23 p.m.
John Blanchette: Brandon Clarke leaves everyone in Salt Lake City starstruck after dominating performance against Baylor
All those “watch lists” for college basketball’s many awards that managed to miss on Brandon Clarke altogether this year, or scramble to include him at midseason, or leave him off …
UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
On a night when even Corey Kispert may have refuted the idea that his contributions outweighed those of teammate Brandon Clarke, longtime GU coach Mark Few was adamant that his …
UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
From Gonzaga’s first Associated Press All-American to first round draft pick to broadcaster, Dan Dickau has seen all levels of the basketball world.
UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 11:21 p.m.
Brandon Clarke is a relative newcomer to these high-pressure NCAA Tournament games in front of packed arenas on national television. The junior forward seems to be a fast learner; it …
UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 10:01 p.m.
It was a French treat, served up to Killian Tillie and Joel Ayayi on a silver platter moments after Gonzaga finished off Baylor 83-71 in the NCAA Tournament.