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Blanchette: Gonzaga needs Sweet 16 for extra validation

SEATTLE – Now that we’re done with the most underappreciated achievement in sports … Speaking, of course, about winning a round-of-64 game in the NCAA tournament. Read more

Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos carries on new Canadian trend

SEATTLE – Kevin Pangos had just scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to help Gonzaga hold off North Dakota State on Friday, but the initial line of postgame questioning had nothing to do with his performance. Pangos fielded several questions from a reporter on the growing numbers of Canadians on NCAA rosters. It’s a scene that has played out several times in Pangos’ career when Gonzaga plays on the road or in the NCAA tournament. The Zags have gone north of the border for numerous recruits, including Pangos, Kelly Olynyk, Robert Sacre, Manny Arop and Bol Kong. Kyle Wiltjer, whose father Greg played for Canada in the 1984 Olympics, holds dual citizenship. Read more

Sweet 16 would validate Gonzaga

As much as coach Mark Few insists neither he nor the other principals of Gonzaga basketball are consumed with destinationitis, you can sense some urgency over today’s game. Read more

Gonzaga faces tall order in Hawkeyes

No chance Gonzaga overlooks Iowa today in an NCAA tournament round-of-32 game. For one of the rare times this season, the Zags won’t see eye-to-eye with their opponent. Read more

Wiltjer-White matchup may determine Gonzaga’s fate

One of the NCAA tournament’s biggest, most-skilled frontcourts will be gone at the conclusion of today’s game between Gonzaga and Iowa. The battle between Gonzaga’s big imports and Iowa’s homegrown Midwesterners should be a good one will likely decide which team advances to the Sweet 16. Read more

GU women seek Sweet 16 in Spokane

With one upset in the books, the Gonzaga women’s basketball team seeks another today on the home court of the Pac-12 champions for the chance to play in Spokane in the Sweet 16. Read more

Zag roundup

Media day approaching this afternoon so we’ll get caught up with last night’s S-R content from the Zags’ 86-76 win over North Dakota State. My game story, John Blanchette’s column (complete with dump truck and Nuke LaLoosh references), Jacob Thorpe’s article on NDSU and Dexter… Read more

Greinacher hits big 3-pointer as GU women upset George Washington

CORVALLIS, Ore. – With George Washington storming back within six points and the shot clock winding down Friday night, Gonzaga forward Sunny Greinacher didn’t think. She let it fly. The ball went through net with 3:15 left to play and the 3-pointer turned to be the game-winner as No. 11 seed Gonzaga upset No. 6 seed George Washington 82-69 in the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament. Read more

Wiltjer, Pangos navigate Zags past Bison

SEATTLE – When the game got tight in the second half, probably tighter than it should have, Kyle Wiltjer got more animated. And more clutch. Same with Kevin Pangos. The pair blunted several North Dakota State rallies with key buckets to help the second-seeded Bulldogs to an 86-76 NCAA tournament win Friday night in front of a pro-Zags crowd of 14,852 at KeyArena. Read more

Zags wouldn’t mind taking Werner along

SEATTLE – Never mind shortening the shot clock or moving the charge circle out a foot. The next rule tweak in the NCAA tournament should be the barnstormers’ special, allowing the winners to pick up a player from the losing team for the rest of their run. In fact, why not start now? Read more

Bison-sized Werner gives Zags fits

SEATTLE – With more buzzer-beaters, upsets and general madness soon to come, college basketball fans won’t long remember a No. 15 seed from a game that ended after midnight in the Eastern time zone. But it should be acknowledged when this is all over that one of the NCAA tournament’s most inspiring performances came courtesy of a previously unimposing player on a supposedly unthreatening team. Read more

Albanez continues torrid scoring pace for GU women’s team

CORVALLIS, Ore. – You’d be hard-pressed to find a happier Zag on Friday than guard Keani Albanez. Her postseason shooting streak stood up under the glare of the NCAA tournament, helping carry 11th-seeded Gonzaga to an 82-69 upset over sixth-seeded George Washington in a first-round game at Gill Coliseum. Read more

Gonzaga men beat North Dakota State 86-76

Second-seeded Gonzaga men beat No. 15 North Dakota State 86-76 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament in Seattle’s KeyArena, Friday, March 20, 2015. Read more

Live coverage of the Gonzaga-George Washington game

Spokesman-Review sports reporter Tom Clouse will be covering all the Gonzaga-George Washington action. Follow the action live on Twitter by following him @clousethomas. Or just keep this tab open in your browser. Read more

Game day for Gonzaga, NDSU

Second-seeded Gonzaga and No. 15 North Dakota State tangle tonight at KeyArena, the nightcap of four games here. Here’s my game preview and notebook, and Colin Mulvany’s photos. Read more

GU men NCAA practice

Gonzaga University has their practice session, March 19, 2015, in Seattle’s KeyArena. The Zags will face North Dakota State in a 2-15 matchup in the South region in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships on Friday evening. Read more

Giacoletti has ties to Bison, Zags

Checked in with Ray Giacoletti, who has first-hand knowledge of Gonzaga’s and North Dakota State’s programs. Giacoletti, now at Drake, talks about both teams here. Read more

Zags fine with second seed

Gonzaga is back in the NCAA tournament as a high seed, just not quite as high as two years ago when the Zags carried a No. 1 ranking and No. 1 seed into March Madness. The Zags are seeded second and seventh overall, a subtle… Read more

North Dakota State proves you don’t have to have glitter to sparkle

The coaching offices are in an industrial park off campus. Players lift weights in a vacant grocery store. “The fresh produce and meat signs are still up,” North Dakota Statemen’s basketball coach Dave Richman said. “You can’t make this stuff up.” Read more

Zach Collins, a 6-11 prep from Las Vegas, gives Gonzaga men a commitment for 2016

Zach Collins, a 6-foot-11½, 230-pound center at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, has orally committed to Gonzaga, becoming the first member of the Zags’ 2016 men’s basketball recruiting class. The 17-year-old Collins had more than 30 scholarship offers. He took official visits to Gonzaga, Utah, Cal, New Mexico and San Diego State. His final three were Gonzaga, Utah and San Diego State. Read more

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