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Kentucky reaches Final Four with win over North Carolina

NEWARK, N.J. – Kentucky had fallen one agonizing game short last season of reaching a Final Four it had seemed destined to reach, then lost five players who were first-round …


Graves compares Vandersloot to Stiles

It’s a credit to Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves that he can tell a tale so well his team understands what he’s talking about even if they don’t know what he’s …


Blanchette: Perfect storm draws big Arena crowds

I was ready to concede that the very concept of attending women’s basketball games was hatched right here in our city until I peeked into the Spokane Arena during the …


VCU shocks Jayhawks for Final Four berth

SAN ANTONIO — Move over, Butler. Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four. Two weeks ago, the 11th-seeded Rams so doubted they would get a NCAA tournament invite that they …


GU women, Stanford get rematch in Elite Eight

The faces haven’t changed but the teams have. Though Stanford and Gonzaga played four months ago, the teams that square off Monday night for a berth in the Final Four …


Gonzaga women zoom to first Elite Eight

They are Elite. The magical season for the Gonzaga women’s basketball team continued Saturday night – to the delight of 10,717 fans at the Spokane Arena – as the Bulldogs …


Stanford slips past Tar Heels to set up final with Zags

A fourth straight trip to the Final Four is within Stanford’s reach. A national championship? That, too, is in sight.


Blanchette: Bekkering steps up when Zags need new star

Say, that wasn’t entirely the Gonzaga group hug everyone began anticipating. For a few minutes there, throats couldn’t have been tighter if a drill sergeant with a toothbrush and latrines …


Butler overcomes Florida in overtime to advance to Final Four again

NEW ORLEANS – Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they’re going back to the Final Four. …


Connecticut continues late-season surge all the way to Final Four

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jim Calhoun could scarcely watch when the most improbable postseason run of his coaching life at Connecticut came down to an open 3-point attempt by Arizona’s Jamelle …


Cardinals lose one of their best players during warm-ups

Louisville’s chances took a hit before the starting lineups were even announced for the Cardinals’ Sweet 16 matchup against Gonzaga at the Arena Saturday night. That wasn’t clear until 90 …


Volunteers down OSU after big second half

DAYTON, Ohio – There are halftime chats and then there are coach’s rants. Pat Summitt hasn’t won 1,071 games by not knowing when to let her team have it. Trailing …


Zags come up big

Courtney Vandersloot gave a raucous crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center what it wanted Monday night, making history with her 2,000th career point to go with her 1,000 assists. Gonzaga’s …


Aztecs in unfamiliar territory

SAN DIEGO – Now that San Diego State has reached the NCAA round of 16 for the first time, the easiest part will be the bus ride up the freeway …


Blanchette: Standish shines at just the right time

One thing about basketball this time of year: There’s always room for another somebody special. For all the milestones passed, records set, poster poetry inspired and oohs aahed, Courtney Vandersloot …


Gonzaga women beat Bruins, return to Sweet 16

Gonzaga ran right past UCLA straight to the Spokane Arena on Monday night. The 11th-seeded Bulldogs shredded the vaunted defense of the third-seeded Bruins for an 89-75 win in the …


North Carolina knocks Huskies out of NCAA tournament

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was somewhat fitting, if not entirely coincidental, that Venoy Overton sat apart from his University of Washington teammates shortly after the Huskies’ third-round game of the …


UCLA, GU women study in contrasts

The irresistible force meets the immovable object. In the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at the McCarthey Atheltic Center that means the Gonzaga offense and the UCLA …


North Carolina knocks Huskies out of NCAA tourney

Tyler Zeller scored 23 points, Harrison Barnes added 22 and North Carolina survived a closing minute that included numerous questionable calls to beat Washington 86-83 in the East region. The …


Jimmer Fredette’s 34 points lead BYU to victory over Gonzaga

DENVER – The chant went up from the thousands of BYU fans inside the Pepsi Center with roughly 30 seconds remaining: “You Got Jimmered, You Got Jimmered.” True enough, but …


Huskies face huge challenge against North Carolina’s height

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the past month, stringy-but-stringent University of Washington senior Justin Holiday has shut down UCLA swingman Tyler Honeycutt, banged with beefy USC big man Nikola Vucevic and …


Blanchette: Zags can point finger at itself for setback to BYU

DENVER – March is a bad time to turn the clock back to December. The happy roll the Gonzaga Bulldogs manufactured in the last month of the 2011 college basketball …


BYU’s motivated by underdog status

DENVER – It’s no easy task defending BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, the nation’s top scorer. It’s even tougher when Fredette and his teammates are highly motivated.


Lake City graduate has persevered through tough times

Katie Baker is a glass-full person, and she counts her blessings daily. The former Lake City High (Coeur d’Alene) basketball standout can check one goal off her list. When she …


Gonzaga’s focus against St. John’s centers on zone

DENVER – Gonzaga has experience against some of college basketball’s most heralded zone defenses: Syracuse’s trademark 2-3 in last year’s NCAA tournament, Baylor’s extended 1-1-3 in December. The Bulldogs will …


St. John’s vs. Gonzaga comparison

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Zags’ second-generation Stockton never back down

DENVER – So here was the toss-up, silly as it seems now: Could David Stockton crack the lineup at, oh, Whitworth?


Clemson, UNC Asheville open with NCAA victories

DAYTON, Ohio – Jerai Grant scored a career-best 22 points and fast-starting Clemson built a double-figure lead and never backed off in beating Alabama-Birmingham 70-52 Tuesday night in an NCAA …


Injured senior leader Kennedy keeps St. John’s enthusiastic

DENVER – St. John’s lost a standout player in the Big East tournament, but gained a quasi-assistant coach. D.J. Kennedy, a 6-foot-5 swingman who ranks in the Red Storm’s all-time …


GU’s David Stockton never backs down from challenge

DENVER – So here was the toss-up, silly as it seems now: Could David Stockton crack the lineup at, oh, Whitworth?