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UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

John Blanchette: Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda knows what it takes to beat the odds

If Greg Herenda makes it to the Final Four this April with his Fairleigh Dickinson Knights it would be … well, it would be a damned miracle, OK?


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

Point guards Josh Perkins and Geno Crandall formed a unique bond long before teaming up at Gonzaga

When Geno Crandall decided to spend his final college basketball season at Gonzaga, leaving the University of North Dakota to join the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer, it’s hard to …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Guard Carter Skaggs announces plans to grad transfer from Washington State

Six days after the Cougars fired coach Ernie Kent, Washington State guard Carter Skaggs announced he’ll spend his final year of eligibility somewhere other than Pullman.


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Eastern Washington basketball: Up-and-down seasons ended strongly for young, talented men’s, women’s teams

The Eagles’ deep tournament runs in Boise last week – the first time both programs played in the Big Sky championship game in the same season – didn’t equate to …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Gonzaga-Fairleigh Dickinson key matchup: Darnell Edge paces Knights’ talented backcourt

Gonzaga’s top priority will be defending Fairleigh Dickinson’s backcourt, specifically senior guard Darnell Edge.


Special guest visits with Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura ahead of NCAA Tournament

Junior forward Rui Hachimura was greeted after Gonzaga’s shoot-around Wednesday by 95-year-old Wataru ‘Wat’ Misaka, the first player of Asian descent and the first non-white player in the NBA, known …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

Home away from home: No. 1 seed means trip to Salt Lake City for Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga has been a No. 1 seed three times in the NCAA Tournament. The Zags have been sent to Salt Lake City each time. Here’s a look at their two …


Last chance: A beginner’s guide to your March Madness bracket pool

March Madness is upon us, and for non-basketball fans building a bracket can be somewhat intimidating. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are 10 simple tips to help you …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

NCAA Tournament: Arizona State tops St. John’s, North Dakota State holds off NC Central in First Four

Luguentz Dort overcame a hard foul and a leg injury, scored 21 points and led Arizona State to a long-awaited NCAA Tournament, 74-65 over St. John’s in the First Four. …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

NCAA can’t keep tournament games away from legal gambling

The NCAA says it won’t move future tournament games away from states or venues where gambling is legal.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Washington looking for scoring going into NCAA Tournament

Coach Mike Hopkins knows the style of defense Washington plays will give the Huskies a chance of hanging around against seemingly any opponent in the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 9:32 p.m.

Brianna King leads Montana Western women’s basketball to NAIA Division I national championship

King, a North Central grad and former CC Spokane standout, earned tournament MVP honors for the Bulldogs (30-4).


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Vince Grippi: 3 thoughts from Fairleigh Dickinson’s 82-76 NCAA Tournament victory over Prairie View A&M

The Knights move on to face top-seeded Gonzaga on Thursday in Salt Lake City


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke follows own path to breakout season

“At San Jose State, it wasn’t a lot of fun losing those two years,” Brandon Clarke said. “I came here and it’s the exact opposite of that. It’s obviously the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

John Blanchette: Geno Crandall knows all about dogged determination at NCAA Tournament

Though they all seem to get lumped together as happy Cinderellas, there are subtle degrees of underdog baked into March Madness.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

NCAA Tournament: Fairleigh Dickinson storms back to top Prairie View A&M, earns date with top-seeded Gonzaga

Darnell Edge scored a career-high 33 points, and Fairleigh Dickinson rallied to win its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, taking down Prairie View A&M 82-76 in the tourney opener.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

Five standouts and five sleepers from Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament

The All-America candidates in Mark Few’s frontcourt might be the headliners this week at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, but Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament is …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

With $15, you just can’t go wrong in building your own Gonzaga Dream Team

In a never-ending quest to match up the greatest players in Gonzaga basketball history – not to mention find ways to pass the time until the REAL games begin – …


Ex-Auburn basketball assistant Chuck Person pleads guilty

Former Auburn assistant coach and 13-year NBA veteran Chuck Person has pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery scandal.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

Saint Joseph’s fires coach Phil Martelli after 24 years

Saint Joseph’s University has fired head basketball coach Phil Martelli after 24 seasons. The Philadelphia school made the announcement on Tuesday. The 64-year-old Martelli became head coach in 1995 after …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura makes Naismith Trophy final four

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year.


John Blanchette: Doc Ball answers all your First Four questions

Learned and wise about college basketball as he is, Charles Barkley can’t cover everything, especially when it comes to all that’s complicating Gonzaga’s merge from the on-ramp to the fast …


Gonzaga guard Geno Crandall’s tournament connections strong

Senior guard Geno Crandall watched the Selection Show with great interest to learn Gonzaga’s seeding and also see the draw for numerous friends. Crandall, a Minneapolis native, knows virtually all …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Healthy outlook for Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie, Josh Perkins

Killian Tillie’s health has been a key factor throughout Gonzaga’s 2019 season. Josh Perkins’ shoulder was a major question for months leading up to the season. Both should be ready …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

How we voted: One day after NCAA seeds are unveiled, most voters come to consensus on top six teams

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., March 18, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Local influence: NCAA field littered with coaches who’ve spent time in Inland Northwest

Here’s a breakdown of eight head coaches, assistants and grad assistants with local ties who’ll be appearing in this year’s Big Dance.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 11:51 a.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura named first-team All-America by U.S. Basketball Writers Association

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura was named first-team All-America by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Mark Few is a finalist for the USBWA’s Coach of the Year Award.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Gonzaga falls to fourth, Duke back on top in final AP poll

The final AP college basketball poll of the season mirrors the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 seed line. Gonzaga’s three-week stay at No. 1 in the media poll ended with a …


John Blanchette: Depth and defense against offense and athleticism makes for tough choice in fictional battle between Gonzaga’s best

Picked up those inseparable buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, hitchhiking back from Las Vegas after cashing in their return flight tickets to put everything on Gonzaga to …


Fantasy basketball dream matchup: 2017 Zags vs. 2019 Zags

In one corner, the 2017 Zags. The 29-game winning streak to open the season. Top defensive team in the country. In the other corner, the 2019 Zags, with generational offensive …