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Analyst Bill Walton not at a loss for words praising Gonzaga

Meet Bill Walton, huge Gonzaga fan. Walton, college basketball’s most unique and unpredictable analyst, couldn’t have lavished more praise on the Zags in a five-minute interview prior to Gonzaga’s 77-73 …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Gonzaga student’s dramatic video (narrated by Christopher Walken) compiles Zags’ tournament successes, ‘heartbreaks’

A Gonzaga student made this video compilation of some Gonzaga’s greatest tournament successes and failures.


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Students gather to watch Bulldogs reach Final Four for first time

The Kennel moved from the McCarthey Athletic Center to the John J. Hemmingson Center, where Gonzaga students gathered to watch the Bulldogs reach the Final Four for the first time.


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Josh Perkins’ first dunk stymied by unexpected defender

Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins swiped a pass and was racing downcourt for his first college dunk. Teammates constantly needle Perkins because the 6-3 sophomore guard hasn’t dunked in a game, but …


Bulldogs’ band members carry on Kennel traditions while on road

It won’t be the familiar setting of the 6,000-seat home Gonzaga basketball calls the Kennel on Thursday at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.


Zags can’t get enough when it comes to competition

Gonzaga’s competitiveness on the court doesn’t just extend to the opposing team. The Zags welcome some friendly competition amongst each other, too.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

Young Zag fans turn out in droves to watch Gonzaga in San Jose

Inside the SAP Center, about 1,000 screaming elementary school-aged children waited for their favorite team to take the floor – the Zags.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins loves West Virginia, but not the Mountaineers

Josh Perkins loves the state of West Virginia – the city of Huntington to be exact. That’s because Huntington is where some of his fondest memories reside.


Mark Few, Bob Huggins formed friendship over years of coaching

After decades as prominent college basketball coaches, Bob Huggins and Mark Few have at times come off a bit prickly, particularly when dealing with sports reporters who have spent those …


Gonzaga allowed Northwestern to hang around by misfiring on free-throw attempts

Gonzaga struggled at the free-throw line on Saturday when the Zags topped Northwestern 79-73 in the NCAA Tournament round of 32.


As fans duel vocally, Gonzaga players stick to business of winning

Northwestern was ready to fight Gonzaga for the right to play in the Sweet 16, and the Wildcats made sure to bring a barrage of fans to cheer them on …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

NCAA admits error in noncall that went Gonzaga’s way

In a sport where gigantic athletes are not allowed to touch yet are constantly crashing into each other, a certain amount of controversy is expected. The most hated player at …


UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

The LaRocks from Butte are rock-solid Gonzaga basketball fans

Larry and Alana LaRock are devoted to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The couple had not missed a home Gonzaga game at the McCarthey Athletic Center until this year – only because …


Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski and Rem Bakamus part of five consecutive WCC champs

Fifth-year seniors Przemek Karnowski and walk-on Rem Bakamus have been part of Gonzaga’s five consecutive West Coast Conference tournament championship teams after the Zags’ 74-56 win over Saint Mary’s on …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 11:28 p.m.

Gonzaga lands trio on WCC all-tournament team

Nigel Williams-Goss, Przemek Karnowski and Johnathan Williams were named to the West Coast Conference All-Tournament team following the Zags’ 74-56 win over Saint Mary’s on Tuesday.


Gonzaga’s guards pave way to conference title over Saint Mary’s

Gonzaga finally got its big celebration under the lights when it claimed the West Coast Conference tournament championship,


Gonzaga handles crunch-time heat in WCC semifinal victory

At the end of


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:42 p.m.

Gonzaga guards Silas Melson, Josh Perkins struggle in win over Santa Clara

Perfection was never a must.


Gonzaga-Santa Clara halted because men’s game started with women’s ball

Tuesday’s West Coast Conference men’s basketball semifinal between Gonzaga and Santa Clara was stopped after a couple possessions when it was determined the teams were using a women’s ball.


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Nakagawa’s move to Gonzaga has translated well for him and Hachimura

As Gonzaga gets ready to step out on the Orleans Arena floor on Monday to take on Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference semifinal, there will be one Zag …


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

Gonzaga delighted for return of Killian Tillie, nervous about Josh Perkins

The first 20 minutes of Gonzaga’s 82-50 win over Pacific on Saturday night wasn’t a crowd-pleaser.


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Gonzaga’s John Stockton inducted into WCC Hall of Honor

John Stockton’s induction into the West Coast Conference’s Hall of Honor this year was a surprise – not given his career, but just the evidence of the times.


Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga clean up boards to stifle San Diego attack

San Diego missed a lot of shots – 25 of them in the first half and 44 in the game – and often Gonzaga junior forward Johnathan Williams was there …


Justin Stottlemyre has right timing for Gonzaga basketball

Justin Stottlemyre has been operating scoreboards for decades.


Former Zag Kelly Olynyk picks 2013 team over current team because he was there

Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk said there is no chance this year’s Gonzaga Bulldogs could beat the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs of 2013.


3 in the key with Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski

Gonzaga senior center Przemek Karnowski sits down for a series of questions.


Longtime Zags scorekeeper Mike Bestrom likes his front-row seat

Since 1993, Mike Bestrom has made the roughly 150-mile roundtrip from his home in Colville to Spokane to sit on the sidelines and work as the Zags’ official scorekeeper.


Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams surpasses 600 career rebounds, other Zags approach milestones

Johnathan Williams’ focus after Gonzaga’s 96-61 win was not on his 600th career rebound. In fact, he wasn’t even aware of the career milestone.


Przemek Karnowski helps Gonzaga weather San Francisco’s storm in mistake-filled first half

Gonzaga’s final margin of victory over San Francisco on Thursday, 96-61, certainly didn’t reflect such a rocky – and slightly scary – first half. It certainly didn’t reflect a consistent …


Gonzaga plays short-handed in win over San Francisco

Gonzaga’s sophomore guard Bryan Alberts suffered a nasty sprained ankle early in Tuesday’s practice. On Wednesday, freshman forward Killian Tillie suffered a broken bone in his hand. Both are expected …