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UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

Coaches frustrated after ESPN botches Women’s NCAA Tournament bracket rollout

ESPN’s mistaken early release of the NCAA Tournament women’s bracket on Monday night was frustrating to coaches and players who didn’t get a chance to celebrate their big moment.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Vince Grippi: 3 thoughts from Fairleigh Dickinson’s 82-76 NCAA Tournament victory over Prairie View A&M

The Knights move on to face top-seeded Gonzaga on Thursday in Salt Lake City


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Know your pod: Ten questions to better acquaint you with Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament

How well do you know Gonzaga’s pod in the NCAA Tournament West Regional? Take our 10-question pod quiz to find out.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke follows own path to breakout season

“At San Jose State, it wasn’t a lot of fun losing those two years,” Brandon Clarke said. “I came here and it’s the exact opposite of that. It’s obviously the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

Jessie Loera steps up for Gonzaga after injury to Laura Stockton

This is Jessie Loera’s team now, though she deflected that notion with the same grace she shows on the court.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

John Blanchette: Geno Crandall knows all about dogged determination at NCAA Tournament

Though they all seem to get lumped together as happy Cinderellas, there are subtle degrees of underdog baked into March Madness.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

NCAA Tournament: Fairleigh Dickinson storms back to top Prairie View A&M, earns date with top-seeded Gonzaga

Darnell Edge scored a career-high 33 points, and Fairleigh Dickinson rallied to win its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, taking down Prairie View A&M 82-76 in the tourney opener.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

Five standouts and five sleepers from Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament

The All-America candidates in Mark Few’s frontcourt might be the headliners this week at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, but Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament is …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

With $15, you just can’t go wrong in building your own Gonzaga Dream Team

In a never-ending quest to match up the greatest players in Gonzaga basketball history – not to mention find ways to pass the time until the REAL games begin – …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

Twins Jenn Wirth, LeeAnne Wirth have found a groove in Gonzaga’s frontcourt

What began with the makings of a sophomore jinx has turned into a confidence-boosting season for Gonzaga’s 6-foot-3 twin towers, Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth.


Ex-Auburn basketball assistant Chuck Person pleads guilty

Former Auburn assistant coach and 13-year NBA veteran Chuck Person has pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery scandal.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

Saint Joseph’s fires coach Phil Martelli after 24 years

Saint Joseph’s University has fired head basketball coach Phil Martelli after 24 seasons. The Philadelphia school made the announcement on Tuesday. The 64-year-old Martelli became head coach in 1995 after …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura makes Naismith Trophy final four

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

How we voted: One day after NCAA seeds are unveiled, most voters come to consensus on top six teams

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Local influence: NCAA field littered with coaches who’ve spent time in Inland Northwest

Here’s a breakdown of eight head coaches, assistants and grad assistants with local ties who’ll be appearing in this year’s Big Dance.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 6:18 p.m.

Former four-star quarterback Connor Neville transferring from Washington State

Redshirt sophomore QB Connor Neville, a former four-star high school prospect, announced Monday WSU had submitted his notification to transfer and entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.


John Blanchette: Depth and defense against offense and athleticism makes for tough choice in fictional battle between Gonzaga’s best

Picked up those inseparable buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, hitchhiking back from Las Vegas after cashing in their return flight tickets to put everything on Gonzaga to …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Gonzaga lands No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament, ‘validation’ for season-long performance

From Twitter to the lengthy roster of college basketball analysts, it was nearly impossible to ignore the debate leading up to Selection Sunday about Gonzaga deserving a No. 1 or …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

John Blanchette: On a topsy-turvy Selection Sunday, Gonzaga avoids another upset, holding on to No. 1 seed

So in case the Gonzaga Bulldogs still didn’t have that top-line feeling back after Terrible Tuesday, they were given an imprimatur on Selection Sunday. And they had nothing to do …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

NCAA Selection Sunday winners and losers: CBS, Bradley, Big Ten, Larry Bird, truTV and more

The bracket is out. The bubbles have burst. The NCAA Tournament got real Sunday as CBS’s “Selection Sunday” show revealed the field.


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

Washington Huskies earn first NCAA Tournament bid in 8 years as Pac-12 squeezes in three teams

Midway through CBS’ hourlong NCAA Tournament selection show, Noah Dickerson started getting a little nervous when half of the 68-team field was revealed, and the Huskies hadn’t heard their name.


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

College hoops numbers guru Ken Pomeroy breaks down Gonzaga’s historically productive offense

The man most college basketball purists turn to when they need to scratch their advanced statistics itch will be courtside in his hometown of Salt Lake City when the Zags …


Midwest Region preview: North Carolina gets tops seed, Kansas could await

North Carolina earned the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, but that’s about the only gift the Tar Heels got for the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

South Region preview: After being on the wrong side of history last year, Virginia earns top seed again

Virginia now has its chance to make up for being the first No. 1 seed to lose its NCAA Tournament opener.


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

East Region preview: Zion Williamson, Duke earn tournament’s overall top seed

Zion Williamson and Duke are the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils sit atop the East Region, and their road to Minneapolis could include matchups …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

West Region preview: Gonzaga headlines tough region studded with individual standouts

The West Region includes one of the most intriguing first-round matchups in the bracket.


Road trip: Gonzaga’s opening rounds in Salt Lake City offers fans a variety of travel options

As of Sunday night, tickets for just GU’s games would cost about $275 minimum and $1,400 on the high end.


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Know Gonzaga’s foes: Taking a look at the teams the Bulldogs could face in Salt Lake City

Gonzaga could either face two teams from the northeast corner of the country, or two from Texas, in the first couple rounds of the NCAA Tournament, which opens for the …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

NCAA Tournament: Gonzaga earns No. 1 seed in West Region, will face Fairleigh Dickinson, Prairie View A&M winner

For the second time in three years, the Gonzaga Bulldogs enter the NCAA Tournament as the top team in the West Region.


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 11:12 p.m.

Oregon rolls over Washington 68-48 to win Pac-12 Tournament title

Payton Pritchard scored 20 points and led Oregon’s dominating defense, helping the Ducks beat Washington 68-48 to become the second team to win four games in four days at the …