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Gonzaga guard Eric McClellan dribbles the ball around Iowa guard Anthony Clemmons. (Colin Mulvany)

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…

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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…

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015

Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis is fired up after a slam dunk in the first half. (Colin Mulvany)

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.

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Men: The second-seeded Zags topped No. 7 Iowa on Sunday to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009. With Kyle Wiltjer scoring 24 points and Domantas Sabonis adding 18, Gonzaga rolled to an 87-68 victory in Seattle. Above, the Bulldogs revel in the game’s final seconds. Coming up: The Zags (34-2) move on to Houston, where they will face UCLA (22-13) on Friday at 4:15 p.m. (Colin Mulvany)

Zags' victory helps shed a lot of weight 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some years back, while serving as graphics editor of the S-R, one of my artists came up with an illustration idea for a Washington State football story. It included football coach Mike Price, a monkey wearing a fez and a lot of reader outrage. Maybe the S-R can run an altered version again. Read on.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015

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...

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Kyle Wiltjer shoots over Dexter Werner. (Associated Press)

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...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

Zags hold off NDSU 86-76

Well, that was interesting. Gonzaga looked good at times and shaky at times but Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos delivered several clutch baskets to help the Zags hold off a hard-nosed North Dakota State squad Friday at KeyArena. GU won 86-76, setting up what should...

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