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  • Zags roll over St. John’s

    No. 11-seeded Gonzaga took command early with a 12-0 run, built an 11-point halftime lead and cruised to an 86-71 victory over No. 6 St. John’s on Thursday in the …


  • Zags expect to find St. John’s in a zone

    The Gonzaga Bulldogs will go against a highly regarded zone, St. John’s trapping, turnover-inducing defense in an intriguing NCAA tournament matchup at the Pepsi Center Thursday night at approximately 6:45 …


  • Supporters, detractors can both work up a lather over Steve Lavin

    Gonzaga coach Mark Few fondly describes St. John’s coach Steve Lavin as “warm and genuine,” and that has to count for something, especially given that the Zags are the next …


  • Tourney news reflects sorry sports trend

    No more accurate societal compass exists here in the sports wilderness than the changes wrought last week on the basketball tournament front. Let’s call them the Slightly Enlarged Dance and …


  • NCAA tourney expands to 68

    Basketball: The NCAA has decided not to mess around too much with March Madness. College sports’ largest governing body announced a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting …


  • Butler ‘a bounce short’ of Duke for NCAA title

    INDIANAPOLIS – The ball sailed from halfcourt with the buzzer sounding – bounced off the backboard, the rim, the floor. Most of the 70,000 fans on Butler’s side let out …


  • Duke respects Butler

    INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Krzyzewski ain’t buying the Butler-as-Cinderella storyline. The Duke coach knows the Bulldogs’ background. He’s seen the roster that includes two members of the U.S. gold medal-winning national …


  • Class war: It’s Duke vs. Butler

    INDIANAPOLIS – Less than 7 miles away, Butler plays most of its games rather anonymously in a gym that seats about 10,000 people. On Saturday night, the Bulldogs seemed light …


  • Butler defense against Duke offense for title

    INDIANAPOLIS – Little Butler has faced one big test after another in its magical run through the NCAA tournament. And the biggest awaits in Monday night’s title game: Duke, winner …


  • Devils stomp Mountaineers, make first title game in 9 years

    INDIANAPOLIS – After tossing a big, wet blanket on one feel-good story, Duke gets to go after another. Jon Scheyer scored 23 points Saturday night to lift Duke, the team …


  • Blue Devils can’t help but fire up fans

    INDIANAPOLIS – Lance Thomas never enjoyed being the bad guy. But he understood that playing at Duke meant getting used to it. “You have to be able to play with …


  • Semis lack star power

    INDIANAPOLIS – Some of the players who figure to cash in big in the NBA Draft and others selected to All-America teams will be at the Final Four this weekend. …


  • Michigan St. survives Tennessee scare

    ST. LOUIS – As familiar as the scene was for Michigan State, it felt different this year. The Spartans hoisted injured point guard Kalin Lucas to the basket at the …


  • Scheyer, Smith lead Duke back to Final Four

    HOUSTON – Duke senior guard Jon Scheyer fiddled absently Sunday evening with the loop he’d cut from the net at Reliant Stadium that represented a lifetime goal fulfilled. A baseball …


  • Field has range

    There’s a coach they call “Huggy Bear” and a team better known for its fieldhouse than its players. There’s a Final Four regular that hardly anyone figured would get this …


  • Rice hired as Boise St. coach

    In 11 years as an assistant at Gonzaga, Leon Rice never asked head coach Mark Few to make a job-related call on his behalf – until there was a vacancy …


  • Despite seeding, Huskies playing like favorites

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Cinderella will be dressed in dark colors later today. She’ll be carrying a double-digit seed, bringing a roster filled with non-scholarship overachievers, and carrying the flag of …


  • Huskies red hot at right time

    SEATTLE – Don’t try to tell Washington that its wins over Marquette and New Mexico in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament were upsets. The Huskies expected to …


  • Buzzer-beating 3 by Lucious sparks Spartans

    Korie Lucious and his Michigan State teammates received the official word on the status of teammate Kalin Lucas at halftime of Sunday’s second-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament showdown against fourth-seeded …


  • Layup in OT lifts Purdue over Texas A&M

    In a game that had the feel of a grind-it-out matchup between familiar conference opponents, a defensive specialist made the winning shot. Senior guard Chris Kramer hit a driving layup …


  • Aggies bigger; Boilermakers winners

    What the Purdue/Texas A&M men’s basketball game lacked in offensive aesthetics, it more than made up for in lock-down defense. Points didn’t come cheaply, and it was odd that a …


  • Loss doesn’t define season for Few

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – Mark Few stood off to the side of a hallway at HSBC Arena. The walls were drab, the air stale. The Gonzaga head basketball coach had already …


  • John Blanchette: Written-off teams thrive at Arena

    All those second chances Americans love to give? It seems as if you have to take a mistress, use a needle or wind up in front of a judge to …


  • Bouldin’s run over

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – Matt Bouldin just wouldn’t let it enter his mind. “I was just doing all that I could to make it not my last game,” he said Sunday …


  • Hot-shooting Syracuse ends Gonzaga’s season

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – New York was no kinder to Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament than it was in the regular season. Same goes for Gonzaga’s ongoing struggle against No. 1 …


  • Purdue nips Aggies in OT

    In a game that had the feel of a grind-it-out matchup between familiar conference opponents, a defensive specialist made the winning shot. Senior guard Chris Kramer hit a driving layup …


  • Michigan State wins thriller

    Korie Lucious and his Michigan State teammates received the official word on the status of teammate Kalin Lucas at halftime of Sunday’s second-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament showdown against fourth-seeded …


  • Zags’ season comes to abrupt end

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – New York was no kinder to Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament than it was in the regular season. Same goes for Gonzaga’s ongoing struggle against No. 1 …


  • Syracuse knocks out Gonzaga, 87-65

    Wes Johnson scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and Andy Rautins added 24 points as Syracuse hit a dozen 3-pointers to stun Gonzaga 87-65 on Sunday …


  • Onuaku ailing

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim sat at a table in the interview room and painted a bleak picture for injured senior forward Arinze Onuaku. “He has not practiced,” …

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