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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

Game day for Gonzaga-Iowa

Gonzaga and Iowa meet later today at KeyArena with a berth in the Sweet 16 on the line. It’s an intriguing matchup with both teams boasting size, experience and underappreciated defenses. The battle of the bigs will be a fun one to watch. One factor… Read more

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

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