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Gonzaga defeats Portland 81-52

S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle covered GU's home win against Portland.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

GU defeats San Diego 81-50

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU home game against San Diego.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Gonzaga defeats Santa Clara 85-42

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Gonzaga Bulldogs defeat of Santa Clara 85-42,  in a blowout home game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

GU Students Combat Hate In Rivalry

Gonzaga University seniors, Jordyn Pillatzke, left, and Madison Merz protect their “Take the Hate Out of Hoops” posters fromt he wind as they head to College Hall in Spokane. Students from the Hate Studies in Business class have organized a response to hateful tweets sent by GU students about Mormons and Mormon faith after the last BYU/GU game. The Zags play Brigham Young on Thurday evening in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Tipoff is at 8. Kevin Graman SR story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Are business students overreacting to a fierce rivalry developing between Gonzaga & BYU? Or being preemptive?

Argonaut: Hated BSU Has Better Fans

In an editorial today, the Idaho Argonaut criticizes the 10,000 students on campus for not providing a better following for the Vandal basketball team. Which ranks third in the WAC and has a 15-11 record overall. Only 1,843 attended Saturday's basketball game on campus. Adding insult to injury, the editorial goes on to point out that the hated Boise State Broncos attracts 5,500 fans on average in the Taco Bell Arena “to watch a Bronco team that has one conference win this year and is 12-19 overall. Who are the true fans?” More here. (UI sports media photo: Kyle Barone who was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after leading Idaho to a 3-0 record during the week of Feb. 6-12)

Question: Why doesn't the fervent following for the Idaho Vandals football team translate into support for the UIdaho basketball team?

Ex-Trojan Hill Shoots Way Onto Vandals

Idaho basketball coach Don Verlin will readily admit he made a mistake when it came to his handling of Connor Hill. No, not when he signed the 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard out of Post Falls to play with the Vandals, but his decision prior to the start of the season to redshirt the reigning Idaho 5A high school player of the year. “I probably shouldn't have even tried to redshirt him, looking back on it,” Verlin said. “… He can really shoot, and we knew that all along.” To give Verlin credit, it only took him three games to realize his error. In the 10 games since, Hill has established himself as one the Vandals' top pure shooters and a reliable sharp shooter off the bench, hitting on 45.7 percent of his attempts from 3-point range and averaging 5.7 points and 9.2 minutes per game/Devin Rokyta, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (Daily News photo: Dean Hare)

Question: Did you play high school basketball? Were you good?

NIC: No. 1, No. 2, & No 3

North Idaho College tweets: “The NJCAA polls are in… NIC men’s basketball ranked No. 1 in the nation! Wrestling ranked No. 2! Women’s basketball ranked No. 3!”

Gonzaga Unveils This Year’s Bulldogs

Item: Kraziness returns to the Kennel to kick off Gonzaga madness/KREM

JimmyMAC: I just wanted to throw it out there that NCAA B BALL Midnight Madness was on tonight…sooooooooooo, won’t be too long before we are jumping and thumping for my beloved Bulldogs. Not like I’m excited.

Question: Jimmy’s right. The Gonzaga Bulldogs pull this region together. Many things divide us. But what are things other than Gonzaga basketball that bring us together?