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Vols would like to summit in Tampa

Through the peaks and valleys of their senior season, Cierra Burdick and Ariel Massengale have been driven by one question: What better place to end their Tennessee careers than the Final Four in Tampa, Florida, where legendary Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt won her last national championship? Read more

GU notebook: Zags warm up but not the Bruins

HOUSTON – With 2:20 left in Friday’s game, UCLA’s Bryce Alford drilled a 3-pointer – the first of the game for the Bruins. Isaac Hamilton hit one of his own on UCLA’s next possession, and Alford followed with a third, a bank shot, just 11 seconds later. It was much too late for the Bruins, and far too little for a UCLA team that missed its other 10 3-point attempts. Of course, poor outside shooting was far from the difference in the game; Gonzaga also only made three 3-pointers and the Bulldogs attempted 19 of them. Read more

Gonzaga men defeat UCLA 74-62 in the Sweet 16

Gonzaga men defeat UCLA 74-62 in their Sweet Sixteen NCAA game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. For the first time since 1999, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are dancing into the Elite 8. Read more

Game day for Gonzaga, UCLA

Gonzaga is trying to go where only the 1999 Zags have gone before: The Elite Eight. UCLA is standing in their way. Here’s our coverage in today’s paper: My game preview, John Blanchette’s column on Steve Alford and his Spokane connection, Colin Mulvany’s photo gallery,… Read more

Late-season success helps Bruins regain fans’ respect

HOUSTON – It is not an easy thing to impress fans that are used to seeing 11 national championship banners in Pauley Pavilion and a program that has been to three Final Fours in the last decade. But good vibes surround the Bruins since reeling off a pair of wins over No. 6 seed SMU and No. 14 seed UAB. UCLA has won six of its last seven games as a young roster rounds into form. Leading scorer Norman Powell is the only senior in the Bruins’ nine-man rotation, and center Tony Parker is the only junior. Read more

Zags preparing for Bruins, part II

A little of everything today as Gonzaga moves closer to its Sweet 16 matchup with UCLA on Friday. Here’s what we had in the S-R: John Blanchette caught up with Eric McClellan and his mom as the junior guard continues to rebuild his career after… Read more

Unsweetened 16

Gonzaga and UCLA have some NCAA tournament history. The teams collide again Friday in another Sweet 16 matchup, and that prompts some unpleasant memories in Zagville of a 2006 game that will no bearing on this week’s showdown in Houston. GU handled the Bruins for… Read more

Gonzaga’s Sweet 16 loss to UCLA in 2006 back in spotlight

About 30 minutes after Gonzaga thumped Iowa at KeyArena, televisions inside the media room tuned into NCAA tournament coverage weren’t showing highlights of the Zags’ victory. They were showing highlights of the Gonzaga-UCLA Sweet 16 game in 2006 with Adam Morrison sprawled out on the court in tears, an unforgettable image that Zag followers can summon without video assistance. Read more

Strike up the band for Gonzaga

John Blanchette: Imagine how jazzed the community will get over the one Gonzaga team that’s in both tournaments. OK, not as jazzed as it should. Because that team is the band. Read more

Lady Vols, Maryland fill Spokane Regional

Tennessee and Maryland won second-round games in the NCAA women’s tournament on Monday night, reaching the Sweet 16 at the Spokane Arena. Read more

Zags storm into Sweet 16

You know the drill. Here’s the S-R coverage of Gonzaga’s rout of Iowa last night — my game story, John Blanchette column, Jacob Thorpe sidebar, Meehan/Thorpe notebook (with Blanchette assist) and Colin Mulvany photo gallery. Numerous articles/videos from Des Moines Register here. Read more

Morning links: Three Pac-12 teams survive opening weekend

Maybe this wasn’t such a down year for the Pac-12, after all. Read more

Zag men dominate Hawkeyes

SEATTLE – It was all on display. The inside power of Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis. The perimeter accuracy of Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos. Kyle Wiltjer’s deft shooting touch and inside-outside versatility. Read more

This was no flippant occasion for Zags

SEATTLE – You could see it when their eyes locked – Gary Bell Jr., Kyle Dranginis and Kevin Pangos – in the final 90 seconds, and broad smiles instantly creased each of their faces. You could see it in the hugs coach Mark Few laid on Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer, which surely left bruises if not vertebrae damage. Read more

GU women answer challenge

CORVALLIS, Ore. – What pressure? With a double-digit lead going, going and finally gone with 3½ minutes to play and the Gill Coliseum crowd in full roar, the Gonzaga women did more than weather the storm Sunday. Read more

Bulldogs answer every Hawkeyes effort

SEATTLE – After spending the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s NCAA tournament game against Gonzaga as chew toys for the Bulldogs, the Iowa Hawkeyes came out for the second half with some teeth of their own. The seventh-seeded Hawkeyes executed their game plan. Their zone defense hustled the Bulldogs into seven second-half turnovers while the offense committed just four of its own. Forwards Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff made their usual impact, combining to score 27 second-half points while shooting better than 50 percent from the field. Read more

More than a Sweet 16 berth on the line for Wiltjer

Kyle Wiltjer scored 24 points in 25 minutes to lead Gonzaga to its first Sweet 16 since 2009, making 10 of 12 shots and overpowering the Bulldogs’ opponent, Iowa, with offense from the get-go. Then, once the game was over, he got to work. Read more

Blanchette: This isn’t a flippant occasion for Zags

You could see it when their eyes locked – Gary Bell Jr., Kyle Dranginis and Kevin Pangos – in the final 90 seconds, and broad smiles instantly creased each of their faces. Read more

Gonzaga men dominate Iowa

Second-seeded Gonzaga put on an offensive clinic in the first half – most of the game, really – and put the seventh-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes away in the second for a convincing 87-68 NCAA tournament victory Sunday at KeyArena. Read more

Gonzaga men defeat Iowa 87-68

Gonzaga men defeat Iowa 87-68 at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., Sunday, March 22, 2015. The Zags are headed to the Sweet 16 for first time since 2009 and will face UCLA in Houston. Read more

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