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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga proving that RPI is no longer the golden child of college hoops metrics

But maybe the sizzle got doused way back on Sunday, when the NCAA selection committee did its in-season bracket preview for the second year. And the most revealing part of …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

John Blanchette: CC Spokane’s Cesar Sandoval, North Idaho’s RayQuan Evans have taken winding roads to hoops success

Junior colleges are the blue highways on the basketball map, but they can still get you where you want to go. Sometimes it just takes a little recalculating of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 11:36 p.m.

John Blanchette: Josh Perkins more than atoned for Gonzaga’s slip-up against Saint Mary’s

College basketball’s ultimate sardine can – McKeon Pavilion – was stoked for a coronation Saturday night, and best of all it was going to come at the expense of Gonzaga, …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Never mind the white shirts; Gonzaga treasures blue-collar win

The Bulldogs put an end to this hex or voodoo or whammy or whatever it was that Brigham Young held over their heads in the McCarthey Athletic Center the previous …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Destiny better be knocking on Jerry Kramer’s door come Pro Football Hall of Fame decision day

Saturday is decision day for the voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and destiny day for Sandpoint’s – and Idaho’s – favorite football son, who will either be …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

John Blanchette: Nail-biting victories become the new normal for Gonzaga

One possession game, three minutes to go. Two minutes. A stop needed in the last 40 seconds, or a play call that must produce. Double-digit leads evaporating in five laps …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

John Blanchette: Former GU coach Adrian Buoncristiani returns to The Kennel after 40 years

The Kennel Club was at its pile-driving loudest, butt-cheek-to-cheek across the south bleachers, doing its Kennel Club thing. That reminded Adrian Buoncristiani of … well, of nothing at all proximate …


John Blanchette: Disappointed Mariners fans must designate 2019 as Edgar Martinez’s year

Remember the wry commercial that used to run during Seattle Mariners telecasts – and lives forever on YouTube – about all the things Edgar Martinez did between his at-bats as …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gaels senior Jock Landale rules in land of bigs

Internet Fanworld is an amusement park of delights, earnest thoughts tossed into the anonymity Mixmaster with heavy amounts of vitriol and outrage in a struggle to survive.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

John Blanchette: Though the voice for college football fans across the country, Keith Jackson’s heart never left Pullman

Keith Jackson started calling football games as a boy shucking corn in his grandmother’s barn and … well, never left.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 11:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Rui Hachimura finds friendly face 5,000 miles from home

When they were high school kids, Rui Hachimura and Tahirou Diabate had the sizzle, the steak, the jam and the bread.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Carlos Johnson and backseat strategy help Huskies find way to defeat Cougars

PULLMAN – It’s a lonesome road, that ribbon from Spokane to Pullman. Especially so in the 1 a.m. darkness, when you figured to be snug under the covers against the …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Seahawks kicking themselves after playoff hopes sail wide of the uprights

If the Seahawks have a kicker – a kicker – they aren’t just in, they have a bye next week. It truly boggles the mind.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s latest rout shows why conference schedule needs tinkering

So here’s the motion on the floor: trim the number of WCC games each school plays from 18 to 16, and let them schedule two more outside the conference that …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:22 a.m.

John Blanchette: Luke Falk’s celebrated career, WSU’s solid season come to a tragic end in Holiday Bowl beating

No hand has received this much attention since Thing on “The Addams Family.”


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

John Blanchette: All the world’s a stage and Mike Leach’s Cougars are merely players

It was a couple of weeks ago in a TV interview here that Mike Leach claimed to have booted wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. from Washington State’s football roster “because …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

John Blanchette: Cougars’ positive buzz turns to sting of defeat

Hey, remember when Washington State was the buzz of the West in college basketball?


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga puts clunker in rear-view mirror

Don’t know about you, but some us have a hell of a time distinguishing IUPUI from IPFW in our college basketball soup.


Blanchette: Seahawks had a whole of lot of nothing in divisional showdown

When historians come to write of the Great Comeuppance of the Dynasty That Wasn’t, much will be made of the sorry Sunday at CenturyLink Field, when the proud – or …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: Huskies on the rise again, but Gonzaga still the state’s top dog

Yes Mike Hopkins steered Washington to a win over Kansas. But getting the Gonzaga-UW game back to the rivalry the Huskies so desperately want it to be? That will take …


John Blanchette: Zags must improve to match teams like Villanova

Right now, the difference between No. 4 team in the country and No. 12 is not just simple subtraction, and the point spread in Villanova’s 88-72 dissection of the Bulldogs …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:48 p.m.

John Blanchette: Don’t take offense, but Gonzaga’s scoring starts on defensive end

Fifty-four points in the second half. Zach Norvell Jr. going from zero to 21 in not quite that many minutes. Silas Melson, career high in points. Killian Tillie, career high …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

John Blanchette: Texas had a front-row seat to Rui Hachimura’s coming-out party

Cue the Cult of Rui. You knew it was coming. It’s been simmering for a year anyway, bubbling to quick boil every time Gonzaga’s sleek SUV of a forward rose …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 11:48 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington again proves it wants Apple Cup more than Cougars

While we were all still chuckling at Mike Leach’s oh-so-original and comical thoughts on weddings and his incisive theories into the College Football Playoff over the past couple of weeks, …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 12:24 a.m.

John Blanchette: Zags should gain stature through these growing pains

PORTLAND – All grown up? OK, maybe not quite.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 1 a.m.

John Blanchette: PK80 Invitational gives basketball fans an early-season glance at college hoops royalty

Somewhere between the first forkful of Aunt Alice’s anchovy stuffing and the third Zantac on Thursday afternoon, a glance at the TV revealed a college basketball first: A player fouling …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 11:19 p.m.

John Blanchette: Seahawks have taken a turn for the weird

When the going gets apocalyptic, the apocalyptic get weird. Knuckleball kickoffs. No-hope challenge flags. Fake field goal shovel passes with an open-mic night comic’s delusional sense of timing. The only …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 11:46 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga dodges first speed bump of season, overcoming slow start in win over Utah State

Mark Few is not a sandbagger in the Lou Holtz vein, where every Gonzaga opponent is the second coming of the Dream Team and land mines lurk beneath every dribble. …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

John Blanchette: There is no shortage of memorable Gonzaga moments for John Stockton as he enters College Basketball Hall of Fame

When John Stockton is solicited for some enduring moments of his college basketball days at Gonzaga, the memory train’s first stop is hardly a surprise.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

John Blanchette: Youth movement getting plenty of time in the spotlight for Gonzaga

Ask the 5,000-odd people who made up the crowd they marked down again as 6,000 at McCarthey Athletic Center on Tuesday night what happened after Rui Hachimura’s latest Ruination of …