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Zags soak up latest success with same enthusiasm

LAS VEGAS – In the garden of Gonzaga basketball have grown any number of dubious truths. The Bulldogs are dragged down by a weak league, say. Their thoroughly spoiled devotees …


Gonzaga still enjoys sweet smell of success

LAS VEGAS – In the garden of Gonzaga basketball have grown any number of dubious truths. The Bulldogs are dragged down by a weak league, say. Their thoroughly spoiled devotees …


Gonzaga, Washington State continue plans for NCAA tournament

Branding Spokane as the equivalent of Basketball Town USA for the two weekends of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament next month takes a little nerve. Gonzaga, ranked No. 23 in …


NCAA to expand March Madness from 65 to 68 teams

The NCAA is on the verge of expanding the men’s basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams beginning next year and announced a new, $10.8 billion broadcasting deal with CBS …


Xavier pushes past Gonzaga to reach regional final

Ta’Shia Phillips had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Katie Rutan added 15 points and third-seeded Xavier rumbled into its first NCAA tournament regional final in nine years with its 21st …


Washington falls to West Virginia in Sweet 16

The Sweet 16? More like bittersweet. For the fourth time in 12 years, the Huskies ran into a roadblock in the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament once …


NCAA tickets available now at Spokane Arena

You can still get tickets to the Big Dance in Spokane, but you have to go in person to buy them.


It would be crazy to mess with March Madness

Saint Mary’s – Alydar to Gonzaga’s Affirmed, Pepsi to its Coke – visits town Thursday on a college basketball mission that’s urgent, if not quite desperate. The Gaels have the …


NCAA eyes bigger tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Talk of expanding the NCAA tournament is almost always done in public, most notably by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim in 2006. Now, the NCAA is looking …


Gonzaga outslugs Georgia Southern 19-10

FULLERTON, Calif. — Gonzaga used 18 hits, including three home runs, to win its first NCAA tournament game since 1981 with a 19-10 victory over Georgia Southern on Friday.


Tar Heels dominate Spartans

DETROIT – Warm and fuzzy they were not. For a year, maybe more, North Carolina could feel this national championship coming.


Title teams have little in common

DETROIT – For the first and only time in this NCAA tournament, the Big East isn’t in the equation. Tonight’s championship game features the teams that knocked out the final …


Spartans feel-good underdogs

DETROIT – The bracket says North Carolina versus Michigan State. At times, though, the Tar Heels may feel like they’re going up against something more than just another basketball team.


Louisville in 1st Final Four

RALEIGH, N.C. – As the Louisville Cardinals circled around to cut down the nets for the first time, the scoreboard clock still showed one-tenth of a second remaining. How appropriate: …


Hansbrough’s supporting cast paces Tar Heels

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tyler Hansbrough deferred to his teammates – just as he’d hinted he might. This was no one-on-one matchup down low. Instead, North Carolina rolled past Blake Griffin …


’Nova hopes to repeat history

Three of the teams are Final Four regulars, programs that expect to be practicing and playing in the first week of April, not attending end-of-season banquets. Trying to pull a …


Spartans make easy work of Louisville

INDIANAPOLIS – Even before Michigan State’s first game of the season, coach Tom Izzo gathered his players and spelled out their goal. “Ford Field,” he wrote on a dry-erase board.


Heels awe Zags: Gonzaga has no answers for North Carolina in NCAA Tournament

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – To put North Carolina’s explosive offense into perspective, consider that Gonzaga was shooting 85.7 percent – 85.7 percent – from the field roughly 7 minutes into the …


He’s a Zag, she’s a Heel

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Sitting together in the stands at FedExForum for the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 were a Zag and a Tar Heel who met … at a Cougar game? …


In defense of GU, that was an elite team

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Gonzaga bumped its head on a familiar ceiling Friday night. One more Bulldogs season ends at what for the next few days will linger as the Bittersweet …


Minds on Carolina

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Gonzaga senior guard Micah Downs grew up in the West, but he dreamed of playing for North Carolina. “I don’t really talk about it much, but North …


Connecticut answers

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Connecticut hardly needed Hasheem Thabeet as it romped through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. That all changed against a gritty Purdue team. The Boilermakers …


Fields sends Pitt into Elite Eight

BOSTON – Levance Fields pointed Pittsburgh in the right direction just in time – as usual. For the second straight game, the orchestrator of the offense took the big shots …


Missouri stuns Memphis

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A career night by J.T. Tiller put Missouri one win away from its first trip to the Final Four. Memphis’ 27-game winning streak, meanwhile, is history. Tiller …


Villanova boots Duke from tourney

BOSTON – No team has erased more chalk from the NCAA tournament than Villanova. The third-seeded Wildcats beat Duke for the first time in more than 50 years Thursday night, …


Ellington’s hot streak gives UNC 3 scorers

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Wayne Ellington spent the first two months of the season trying to find his missing shooting touch for North Carolina. Now the junior looks like he …


David S. Broder: Remain calm, study the stats

I took a one-week vacation from this column and the stock market went crazy. The letters AIG were translated into SOS, and the House of Representatives, responding to an outburst …


Bison shift focus to try to save town

A week ago they were on the big stage at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, playing the defending national champions in a game they were supposed to have no chance of …


Doug Clark: Just a hunk, a hunk of Bulldog love

Gonzaga University’s return to the Sweet 16 has once again infected the entire region with that March malady known as Zagmania. Case in point: Molly French, T.J. Hake and Micah …


Search for UNC’s Achilles’ heel

Game-planning for North Carolina is the easy part. Beating the Tar Heels, that’s a different story. “It’s no secret, everybody in the league tried to do the same thing,” said …