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NCAA announces future Final Four sites

The Final Four is headed back to Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:54 p.m.

Geno Crandall leaves Minneapolis hoping to return with Gonzaga for Final Four run

Geno Crandall went from under-the-radar recruit to one of biggest grad transfers of the offseason. He heard from dozens of top programs, including the University of Minnesota, where he watched …


Michigan’s 3-point defense is key to upsetting Villanova

Facing a team that shoots as well as Villanova, limiting the takes from 3-point range is about as important as limiting the makes.


More than 3s: Villanova must move ball, rebound vs. Michigan

Villanova has made more 3-pointers than any team in NCAA Division I history and fittingly set a Final Four single-game record for made 3s to reach Monday’s national championship game.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Villanova sets Final Four record with 18 3-pointers in 95-79 NCAA Tournament win over Kansas

One by one, Villanova keeps winning games and getting closer to another national title.


Overtime survivors: Mississippi State Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet for women’s title

Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs carry a constant reminder of how far they went in the women’s NCAA Tournament last year, and what must still be done.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Moe Wagner, Michigan end Loyola-Chicago’s NCAA Tournament run in Final Four

Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews and Michigan erased a 10-point second-half deficit and the Wolverines ended Loyola-Chicago’s storybook NCAA Tournament run with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in the Final Four.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Former Eastern Washington coach Ray Giacoletti sees hints of Gonzaga in Loyola-Chicago’s story

There is something strangely familiar about Loyola-Chicago’s run to the Final Four.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Loyola-Chicago’s Cinderella run is special for Washington State assistant Bennie Seltzer

First things first: Bennie Seltzer didn’t stick around long enough to experience Loyola Chicago’s improbable run to the Final Four, but you won’t get him to confess to wishing he …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April.


Red carpets, loud socks: Teams arrive for festive Final Four

Loyola-Chicago is determined to keep alive its unlikely NCAA Tournament run when the Ramblers play in the Final Four this weekend. The underdogs went through their first workout at the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

Final Four will be mix of traditional powers, one amazing upstart

Two weeks of mayhem – a tumult of historic upsets, buzzer-beaters and at least one celebrity nun – have brought the NCAA Tournament to a crossroads.


Final Four spot secured, Loyola gets warm welcome home

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola-Chicago got quite a reception as they returned to campus on Sunday.


Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four

Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere.


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 7:55 p.m.

Villanova returns to Final Four, beating Texas Tech 71-59

Villanova, the 2016 national champion, is headed back to the Final Four, thanks to a fourth straight double-digit victory in a month of March where they’ve played every bit like …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

Return road to Final Four presents obstacles for Gonzaga, 2017 participants

Getting there is an enormous accomplishment. Getting back the following year isn’t easy, but it happens fairly often. We’re talking about reaching the Final Four and the Final Four encore.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

Washington Post’s John Feinstein on Mark Few, Zags

After Gonzaga’s Final Four breakthrough, higher expectations but lifelong memories


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Milwaukee company to release Gonzaga bobblehead commemorating Final Four trip

A Milwaukee company is releasing a new bobblehead to commemorate the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ inaugural trip to the Final Four last season.


Schedule set for Gonzaga’s Kraziness in the Kennel on Oct. 7

Gonzaga’s annual Kraziness in the Kennel, the public’s first chance to see the 2018 edition of the Bulldogs, will include some rewards from last year’s memorable season.


Steve Christilaw: We can all learn from Zags’ success

When you’ve experienced those early days when Gonzaga basketball was a quaint diversion from everyday campus life, it will never get old to watch the fervor of today’s Zag Nation, …


UPDATED: Sun., April 9, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Success of men’s team source of inspiration for Gonzaga women

Watching Gonzaga in the championship game in the NCAA Tournament last week is something Laura Stockton won’t forget.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Dick Vitale walks past fans ready for tonight’s title game between Gonzaga and North Carolina

The doors are open and the fans are arriving to watch Gonzaga’s historic title match against North Carolina.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Gonzaga fans take in boisterous national championship at Jack and Dan’s

They came by the dozens early in the day to pack the institution of Gonzaga basketball, the old dive once owned by Jack Stockton. They left proud of their team, …


Vegas might favor the Tar Heels, but Zags fans confident

When it comes to predicting the outcome of tonight’s game, there’s the Las Vegas line and then there’s the Zags line.


North Carolina never loses transfers, in an age when almost every team does

More than 700 college basketball players transferred last season, emblematic of the impermanence riddling the sport. The trend, powered by less restrictive rules for graduates and a generational shift in …


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

As Zags prep for championship battle, Spokane bars ready the kegs

With more than 24 hours to go before Gonzaga’s Monday evening championship game, Marcy Larson was standing at a bar, sorting through a stack of table reservations.


Gonzaga boosts entire community with sustained excellence

Mention “Spokane” anywhere in the world, and the first topic of conversation is Gonzaga. The community and the university have become inseparable.


Gonzaga freshman Zach Collins delivers at both ends of the floor

Zach Collins and his roommate Nigel Williams-Goss had a chat before Saturday’s national semifinal against South Carolina.


UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

As clock winds down, Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie shows grace under pressure

Killian Tillie hung around the back end of the key. He looked down at the floor, took a breath and looked up at the scoreboard. The Zags were leading by …


UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few celebrates with team in locker room with traditional handstand

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few struggles to show emotion after wins.