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Ralph Walter: Deadline pressure takes Gonzaga basketball mania to new heights

As news broke Tuesday afternoon that talented Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie would miss a significant chunk of the season following surgery for an ankle fracture, a sense of Zagony …


Underappreciated Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins primed for big senior year

Josh Perkins doesn’t always tell you how he’s feeling – though he’s routinely a post-game go-to for media – so much as show you. It’s one of the reasons he’ll …


Gonzaga men: Talented roster generates high expectations for Bulldogs despite Killian Tillie injury

Gonzaga pretty much went unbeaten in the offseason, until Tuesday’s news that junior forward Killian Tillie will miss eight weeks with a stress fracture in his ankle.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

John Blanchette: From Courtney Vandersloot on up to Will Foster, we rank the all-time Gonzaga players by height

That’s right. We decided to have the Gonzaga Bulldogs line up by height. Or rather, we lined them up.


Washington State men: Cougars are bigger, but will they be better?

In the past, Washington State hasn’t always had the size, the length and the athleticism to combat the Pac-12’s elite big men, but this season the Cougars should at least …


Eastern Washington men: ‘Next man up’ approach for guard-heavy Eagles

When EWU begins its 2018-19 campaign Nov. 6 at national power Syracuse, the Eagles will have four returning starters who averaged less than double figures.


Idaho men: Losses force Vandals to rebuild around young talent

An Idaho Vandals team that was going to be light on experience in the best of circumstances has the additional challenge of managing the loss of its best returning player …


Washington men: No. 25 Huskies believe NCAA Tournament drought ends this season

David Crisp, Noah Dickerson and Matisse Thybulle all arrived at Washington with the task of being the group to get the Huskies back to the NCAA Tournament.


West Coast Conference: BYU, Saint Mary’s likely to battle for second place

The prize recruit in the West Coast Conference last spring wasn’t a 7-foot center with forward skills, a jumping-jack slasher with a touch from 3 or a consummate playmaker at …


Pac-12 Conference: Elite players, teams lacking heading into season

Whenever Pac-12 football needs to feel good about itself, all it has to do is look across the hall at Pac-12 basketball.


Defending NWAC champion North Idaho men loaded with Division-I recruits, CCS looks to keep pressure on opponents

When the North Idaho College men’s basketball team dropped down from the scholarship-heavy NJCAA to the NWAC two years ago, many wondered if it could still bring in the Division …


New Whitworth women’s coach inherits plenty of veteran talent; North Idaho, CCS confident heading into NWAC campaign

Whitworth returns three starters and its entire bench from last year’s 10-15 squad, including sophomore guard Camy Aguinaldo, the NWC’s Freshman of the Year.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Gonzaga basketball opens with exhibition game against Central Washington

Gonzaga’s fan base gets its first look Thursday in an exhibition game against Central Washington at the McCarthey Athletic Center.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 7:58 p.m.

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie undergoes ankle surgery, expected to miss eight weeks

Gonzaga will be without one of its key players for roughly the first two months of the season. Junior forward Killian Tillie, recently named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award preseason …


Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie misses Michigan State scrimmage with injury

Gonzaga wasn’t at full strength in Saturday’s closed scrimmage against Michigan State. Junior forward Killian Tillie sat out with an injury. The nature of Tillie’s injury wasn’t known. The Zags …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Gonzaga edges Michigan State in closed-door scrimmage

Gonzaga got the better of Michigan State in Saturday’s closed scrimmage in Minneapolis.


Justice Department’s college basketball probe: How we got here and what might be next

On Wednesday – nearly 13 months to the day after the Justice Department announced the arrests of 10 men, including four assistant coaches, as part of an ongoing investigation of …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Gonzaga No. 4 in preseason USA Today rankings

Gonzaga will open the men’s basketball season with the program’s highest ranking in the preseason USA Today poll. The coaches put the Zags at No. 4, eclipsing the 2006 team’s …


Rick Pitino lawyer: Verdict shows client didn’t know of payments

The lawyer for former Louisville coach Rick Pitino says the convictions in a federal trial alleging corruption in college basketball supports his client’s assertion that he was unaware of a …


Guilty verdicts set precedent in fighting shady recruiting

Guilty verdicts on fraud charges against three men should have an impact on future college corruption trials, possibly NCAA enforcement. The federal trial set a precedent that paying recruits defrauds …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Three college basketball recruiting insiders convicted in NYC

Three insiders from the world of college basketball recruiting have been convicted in a corruption case that prosecutors said exposed the sport’s underbelly. A jury reached the verdict on Wednesday …


Three ACL tears won’t keep Creighton’s Martin Krampelj off court

Creighton basketball player Martin Krampelj is coming back this season from a third torn anterior cruciate ligament. He tore the ACL in his left knee for the second time when …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

Kansas to hold Silvio De Sousa out pending investigation

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, whose name has surfaced as part of the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball, will be withheld from games pending a review of his …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura just misses making preseason AP All-America team

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura just misses making the preseason AP All-America team.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:20 a.m.

Purdue’s Carsen Edwards headlines preseason AP All-America team

Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and North Carolina’s Luke Maye top The Associated Press preseason All-America team. They are joined by Duke freshman R.J. Barrett, Kansas big man Dedric Lawson, Nevada’s Caleb …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Loaded Gonzaga nabs No. 3 spot in AP Top 25 preseason poll

The games haven’t even started yet, but Gonzaga has gone where no Gonzaga team has gone before. The Zags checked in at No. 3 in the AP men’s basketball poll, …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Lakers sign former Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams to two-way contract

Former Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams is back with the Los Angeles Lakers organization. The Lakers announced Friday they’ve signed Williams to a two-way contract and waived forward Travis Wear …


Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie named to Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie is among 21 players on the watch list for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, presented annually to college basketball’s top center.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Gonzaga returns to favorite’s role; four Zags selected preseason All-WCC

Gonzaga’s rare, one-year absence as the WCC preseason favorite officially came to an end Thursday, to the surprise of absolutely nobody.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Lawyer: Evidence shows coaches knew of NCAA family payouts

A lawyer for a longtime Adidas employee urged jurors to use common sense to conclude that college basketball coaches knew money was being paid to families to steer top players …