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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.


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Gonzaga’s focus against St. John’s centers on zone

DENVER – Gonzaga has experience against some of college basketball’s most heralded zone defenses: Syracuse’s trademark 2-3 in last year’s NCAA tournament, Baylor’s extended 1-1-3 in December. The Bulldogs will …


St. John’s vs. Gonzaga comparison

6 St. John’s Region: Southeast


Vandals travel to San Francisco for CollegeInsider.com

MOSCOW, Idaho – Two seasons ago, when the postseason-starved Idaho men’s basketball team extended its season for the first time since 1990, Brandon Wiley remembers the feeling of elation. This …


A glance at Gonzaga women’s bracket

Gonzaga will be the No. 11 seed taking on No. 6 Iowa on Saturday in a Spokane Regional game at McCarthey Athletic Center. The other game at McCarthey has No. …


Blanchette: Field set, Gonzaga relieved to be in it

Greg Gumbel, the Bert Parks of Selection Sunday, hadn’t even taken his first breath when the yowling began drifting in from Bracket Nation. UAB? Clemson? If the NCAA committee was …


Huskies head east in NCAA tournament

SEATTLE – Washington will face Georgia on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Huskies are a No. 7 seed, Georgia a No. 10. “We’re playing …


In brief: Vargas adds to scoreless streak

Baseball: Jason Vargas pitched four innings of three-hit ball, extending his spring scoreless string to seven innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat a Los Angeles Angels split squad 2-0 Sunday …


Gonzaga will open with St. John’s in Denver

The Gonzaga Bulldogs waited so long to see their name to pop up on the television screen on Selection Sunday that junior center Robert Sacre had to do a quick …


NCAA punches GU’s ticket

The Gonzaga University Bulldogs are packing their bags for Denver and the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The matchup: GU is seeded No. 11 in the Southeast …


Expanded March Madness includes more teams, more TV

Three more teams in this year’s edition of March Madness. Three more networks to cover it. And the Big East will have its hooks in practically every nook and cranny …


Cougars will play Long Beach State in NIT

PULLMAN – The National Invitation Tournament may not be the prom, but it’s somewhat akin to homecoming. Especially for Washington State and its first-round opponent Wednesday night. The Cougars (19-12), …


A look at Zags’ bracket

Gonzaga will be the No. 11 seed, taking on No. 6 St. John’s in Denver on Thursday in the Southeast bracket. The other side of the bracket has No. 3 …


Gonzaga will open with St. John’s in Denver

The Gonzaga Bulldogs waited so long to see their name to pop up on the television screen on Selection Sunday that junior center Robert Sacre had to do a quick …


Roundup: Kansas defeats Texas for Big 12 tourney title

Tyshawn Taylor and Marcus Morris sparked a quick start Saturday and the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (32-2) raced past the No. 10 Texas Longhorns (27-7) 85-73 in the Big 12 …


GU’s Vandersloot leaned on Stockton, elevated star status

One word that mesmerized fans and vanquished foes wouldn’t expect to be associated with Gonzaga’s record-breaking point guard is “shy.” But when GU coach Kelly Graves suggested Courtney Vandersloot call …


Sunday Locals: 8 Whitworth swimmers prepare for championships

Rory Buck, the top seed in the 100-yard breaststroke, leads a contingent of eight Whitworth swimmers to the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships March 23-26 at the …


NCAA tournament continues drastic evolution

LOS ANGELES – The Oregon “Tall Firs” posed for the first NCAA championship photograph dressed in suits and ties. Everything was black and white then.


No. 1 Whits see dream season end at hands of No. 5 Wooster

WOOSTER, Ohio – It’s not often the No. 1 team in the country has to go on the road in the Division III men’s basketball national tournament, at least not …


Thomas hits winner as Huskies nip Arizona for Pac-10 title

LOS ANGELES – With the game tied and 19 seconds left, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was thinking timeout. Isaiah Thomas was thinking: Score a basket. Thomas’ instinct won out. The …


No. 16 Arizona beats USC 67-62 in Pac-10 tourney

LOS ANGELES – Derrick Williams scored 20 points and No. 16 Arizona held off Southern California 67-62 Friday night to earn a spot in the Pac-10 tournament title game for …