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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Gonzaga-North Dakota State: 3 keys from the Bulldogs’ 102-60 victory over the Bison

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 102-60 win over North Dakota State on Monday, Nov. 26, at the McCarthey Athletic …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

TV Take: From new No. 1 ranking to Geno Crandall injury, KHQ crew had plenty to talk about during Gonzaga’s rout of North Dakota State

Gonzaga served up a large portion of roast Bison, routing visiting North Dakota State 102-60 before the usual 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Monday night.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Gonzaga graduate transfer guard Geno Crandall out 4-6 weeks with fractured right hand

Geno Crandall, a grad transfer from North Dakota, is averaging 5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

Gonzaga enjoys Maui Invitational title, but keeps focus on future

ESPN aired footage of Few performing a nifty back-flip into the ocean off Black Rock, a landmark lava promontory near the team hotel, the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Gonzaga-Duke: 3 keys from the Bulldogs’ 89-87 victory over the Blue Devils at the Maui Invitational

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 89-87 win over Duke on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Lahaina Civic Center in …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

TV Take: Defense down the stretch gives Gonzaga perfect ending to Maui Invitational with title win over Duke

This is what everybody wanted, right? No. 1 Duke versus No. 3 Gonzaga for the championship of the best early-season tournament of the year, the Maui Invitational. And the game …


Duke has been a defensive nightmare for Gonzaga in three previous meetings

Over the years, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team has faced Duke three times – all Blue Devils victories. The No. 3 Zags hope the fourth time will be the charm …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Good Zags show up to replace Bad Zags in Maui Invitational semifinal win

In normal circumstances, there might be occasion to bask in the glow of Tuesday’s 91-74 sprint past Arizona a smidgen longer – just to appreciate the fulfillment of taking something …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:49 p.m.

Analysis: Second-half surge carries Gonzaga past Arizona, into Maui Invitational title game

Every bucket – and there was an endless supply of them for Gonzaga in the second half – brought a louder roar than the one before.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

TV Take: Duo of Jay Bilas, Dan Schulman doesn’t miss much in Gonzaga’s comeback win over Arizona at Maui Invitational

Every great comeback consists of two parts. There is the building of a deficit, the mistakes, the shortcomings, whatever goes wrong to build a hill to scramble over. And there …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

Gonzaga-Arizona: 3 keys from the Bulldogs’ 91-74 victory over the Wildcats at the Maui Invitational

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 91-74 win over Arizona on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Lahaina Civic Center in …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

How will Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke handle Duke’s Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish? We’ll find out in the Maui Invitational final

Hachimura would be giving away roughly 50 pounds, but he is Gonzaga’s strongest interior player and had success defending 260-pound Jock Landale last season. Clarke is an option, but he’d …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 12:07 a.m.

Gonzaga-Illinois: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 84-78 victory over the Fighting Illini

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 84-76 win over Illinois on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Lahaina Civic Center in …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 12:07 a.m.

TV Take: ESPN’s Bill Walton praises Gonzaga … when he was actually talking about basketball

The Zags made their 2018 Maui Invitational debut late Monday night on ESPN2 with a 84-78 win over scrappy Illinois, but that wasn’t the main event, at least not on …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

John Blanchette: Madness in Maui gives Gonzaga first test of its season against Illinois

Giorgi Bezhanishvili is a University of Illinois freshman from Georgia – the one wedged between Turkey and Russia, not between Florida and Bubba – via Austria and a New Jersey …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 12:31 a.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga holds off late Illinois charge to win opener of Maui Invitational

Gonzaga did something that defied all odds Monday at the Maui Invitational. The third-ranked Zags committed 14 turnovers in the first half – charges, errant inbound passes, ill-advised drives into …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Gonzaga women dial up defensive pressure in win at UNLV

Gonzaga, which improved to 18-26 against current Mountain West teams, earned a 37-36 advantage on the glass, and outscored the Rebels in the paint, 36-22. The Zags have now outscored …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

3 in the key: Observations from Gonzaga’s 94-71 rout of Texas A&M

Gonzaga handled Texas A&M 94-71 late Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center to improve to 3-0. We’ll keep it uniform with three takeaways from the Zags’ victory.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 12:04 a.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga absorbs Texas A&M’s early shots, pulls away for comfortable win

Gonzaga was expecting a stout challenge from Texas A&M, nicely timed before the loaded eight-team Maui Invitational begins a three-day run Monday. The short-handed Aggies complied, for most of the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 12:06 a.m.

Gonzaga-Texas A&M: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 94-71 victory over the Aggies

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 94-71 win over Texas A&M on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the McCarthey Athletic Center …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins hits 500-assist mark in rout of Texas A&M

He may be a little unorthodox, but Josh Perkins has firmly placed himself among great Gonzaga point guards.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

TV Take: First viewing of Rui Hachimura this season shows ESPN crew the talent Gonzaga fans already knew

In the past year or so, those who watch Gonzaga basketball games on television have come to know Eric Rothman and Caron Butler well.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

What could have happened if Rui Hachimura, Killian Tillie or Zach Norvell Jr. left Gonzaga after last season? Just take a look at Texas A&M

It has been a tale of two programs since Gonzaga and Texas A&M last met almost three years ago.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

John Blanchette: Santa Clara answers Mark Few’s call to arms

It’s Santa Clara’s answer to comments Gonzaga’s longtime basketball coach made to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Ed Graney at last month’s West Coast Conference media day at Orleans Arena – …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 5:31 p.m.

Who is Geno Crandall? Graduate transfer from North Dakota on fast track learning Gonzaga’s system

Geno Crandall considers himself a positive person, which came in handy during several of the most stressful months of his young life.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: On decision night, Gonzaga cruises to decisive victory over Idaho State

If they’re going to sync the first night of college basketball with Election Tuesday, each dribble, pass and basket is going to be a referendum.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura puts on a show in rout of Idaho State Bengals

Rui Hachimura’s first shot was a successful elbow jumper 38 seconds into the game. He spent the rest of the night attacking the rim via a variety of power moves. …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

TV Take: Broadcast crew overcomes opening-night glitches as Gonzaga rolls Idaho State

Opening night always includes a few glitches, and college basketball isn’t any different. Nor is the broadcast crew immune. But the bugs were rare enough in Gonzaga’s 120-79 season-opening win …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Former Gonzaga Prep star Sam Dowd returns to Spokane in Idaho State’s loss to Gonzaga

Sam Dowd’s dream of playing on a Division I basketball team was one of the only constants in a tumultuous upbringing.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:03 p.m.

Gonzaga-Idaho State: 3 keys to the Zags’ 120-79 victory

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from 120-79 win over Idaho State on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in …