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UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Gonzaga women face Oklahoma team that’s fast, physical

The NCAA has dangled a great big carrot in front of the Oklahoma women’s basketball team.


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

Przemek Karnowski stands tall in SI’s NCAA tournament cover

The most physically daunting player in the 2016-2017 NCAA tournament would be easy to find no matter where he was placed on Sports Illustrated’s March Madness cover.


Jenkins’ shot still hangs over No. 1 seeds Villanova, UNC

North Carolina’s Joel Berry II still replays it in his mind, over and over. The ball left the hand of Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, reached the height of its arc as …


UConn, Irish, South Carolina, Baylor top seeds in NCAAs

UConn’s drive for five will begin at home.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Zags vs. Arizona for Final Four spot a possibility

For the first time in 26 years, the top two seeds in the West region of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are from the western part of the United States. …


Several young coaches could raise stock at NCAA Tournament

This is the time of year when a coach from outside the major conferences can make a name for himself and perhaps parlay an NCAA Tournament upset into a bigger …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Williams-Goss, Otzelberger renew acquaintances in tournament

It’s hardly surprising Nigel Williams-Goss has a connection to South Dakota State.


Zags chow down on No. 1 seed during selection show

CBS was starting to reveal the brackets during Sunday’s selection show and the Zags knew they were in the running for a No. 1 seed, likely in the West Region.


Four reasons why Gonzaga can make Final Four

Can Gonzaga own March Madness? The Zags have the requisite numbers: a No. 4 ranking, a 32-1 record and folders full of advanced metrics that support their billing as one …


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

John Blanchette: Evolution of NCAA seeding makes it unlikely another Gonzaga will emerge

You don’t hear much anymore about schools idealizing themselves as “the next Gonzaga” in the basketball universe. And that’s good.


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 11:33 p.m.

Gonzaga men have look, credentials of No. 1 seed to NCAA Tournament

Two projected NCAA tournament No. 1 seeds lost in their conference tournaments.


Bucknell tops Lehigh 81-65 in Patriot League final

Kimbal Mackenzie scored 18 points to help send Bucknell into the NCAA Tournament with an 81-65 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League final. The Bison are back in the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Gonzaga takes time to celebrate championship, look ahead

The execution on the court was on point and so was the post-game celebration. The buzzer sounded on Gonzaga’s 74-56 win over Saint Mary’s in the WCC tournament title game …


Bryce leads UNC Wilmington to CAA title over Charleston

C.J. Bryce scored 24 points and UNC Wilmington clinched its second straight NCAA Tournament berth with a 78-69 victory over College of Charleston in the Colonial Athletic Association championship Monday …


Zags trying to put best seed forward at WCC tournament

After two minor upsets Friday, the WCC men’s tournament has followed the seeding entering Monday’s semifinals.


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Winthrop wins Big South title; earn 1st NCAA tourney bid since 2010

Once a March regular, Winthrop is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Dunk Dynasty: Florida Gulf Coast tops North Florida 77-61 for NCAA berth

Brandon Goodwin scored 19 points and Florida Gulf Coast earned its third NCAA Tournament trip in the last six seasons with a 77-61 win over North Florida in the Atlantic …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Bryce leads UNC Wilmington to CAA title over Charleston

C.J. Bryce scored 24 points and UNC Wilmington clinched its second straight NCAA Tournament berth with a 78-69 victory over College of Charleston in the Colonial Athletic Association championship Monday …


Loss stings, but Gonzaga’s goals remain the same

Before Saturday, the Zags seemed immune to the wonderful zaniness that is college basketball.


Bubble Watch: Izzo’s Spartans still shoring up NCAA resume

Michigan State and Tom Izzo have repeatedly made March the Spartans’ month with strong finishes and Final Four runs. The Spartans are having a tougher time locking down their NCAA …


College hoops’ must-watch games to close the regular season

The college basketball season has been filled with great games the past four months, from the showdown between Kentucky and North Carolina in Las Vegas to Nevada’s miracle comeback against …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Bracket preview show: Gonzaga No. 1 seed, fourth overall

Gonzaga received a No. 1 seed but was fourth overall when the selection committee unveiled its top 16 seeds on Saturday’s “March Madness Bracket Preview Show.”


NCAA takes a look at analytics for selections and seeding

The NCAA has used the RPI as a metric to help it pick the NCAA Tournament field for more than three decades. The analytics system may be ready for an …


UCLA’s loss should benefit Zags’ pursuit of top seed

Selection Sunday is 50 days away. Chatter about bracket projections and seeding started picking up volume after the college football season ran its course. College basketball will occupy center stage …


Shannon Ryan: Applaud NCAA, which is open to more metrics in tournament selection process

The NCAA basketball tournament used a seeding process for the first time in 1978.


Gonzaga continues to build on success

While football boosters apparently are taking their support away from Idaho, Gonzaga’s growth has shown what the exposure from a successful sports program can bring to a university.


Women’s tennis: Idaho’s season ends with NCAA tournament loss at Pepperdine

Idaho’s season came to an end Friday with a 4-0 setback to eighth-ranked Pepperdine to open the NCAA women’s tennis championships.


CBS and Turner Sports extend contract for NCAA men’s basketball tournament

CBS and Turner Sports have renewed their vows with the NCAA, keeping the television rights of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship through 2032 with an extension worth $8.8 billion.


UConn skips campus parade due to weather, will rally indoors

UConn will skip its parade around campus in Storrs, Connecticut, because of unseasonably cold weather and rally indoors to celebrate its national champion women’s basketball team.


UConn women win fourth straight national title

Breanna Stewart and UConn stand alone. Geno Auriemma, too, after another flawless season by the dominating Huskies.