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Wednesday, January 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Injured St. John’s player stays optimistic

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 …


Blanchette: Field set, Gonzaga relieved to be in it

Greg Gumbel, the Bert Parks of Selection Sunday, hadn’t even taken his first breath when the yowling began drifting in from Bracket Nation. UAB? Clemson? If the NCAA committee was …


Huskies head east in NCAA tournament

SEATTLE – Washington will face Georgia on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Huskies are a No. 7 seed, Georgia a No. 10. “We’re playing …


Gonzaga will open with St. John’s in Denver

The Gonzaga Bulldogs waited so long to see their name to pop up on the television screen on Selection Sunday that junior center Robert Sacre had to do a quick …


A look at Zags’ bracket

Gonzaga will be the No. 11 seed, taking on No. 6 St. John’s in Denver on Thursday in the Southeast bracket. The other side of the bracket has No. 3 …


Expanded March Madness includes more teams, more TV

Three more teams in this year’s edition of March Madness. Three more networks to cover it. And the Big East will have its hooks in practically every nook and cranny …


Gonzaga will open with St. John’s in Denver

The Gonzaga Bulldogs waited so long to see their name to pop up on the television screen on Selection Sunday that junior center Robert Sacre had to do a quick …


Huskies head to North Carolina to play Georgia

SEATTLE – Washington will face Georgia on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Huskies are a No. 7 seed, Georgia a No. 10.


NCAA tournament continues drastic evolution

LOS ANGELES – The Oregon “Tall Firs” posed for the first NCAA championship photograph dressed in suits and ties. Everything was black and white then.


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 …