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Kispert commits to Gonzaga

Corey Kispert, a standout small forward at King's High outside of Seattle, has verbally committed to Gonzaga. He picked GU over Notre Dame and Virginia. Kispert, who will be a senior next season, has helped King's to back-to-back 1A state titles after finishing second in…

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Gonzaga's Silas Melson, Domantas Sabonis and Josh Perkins feel the pain after being beaten by  Syracuse in the Sweet 16, March 25, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

GU falls in Sweet 16 

Gonzaga lost its grip on a nine-point lead in the final 6-plus minutes, undone by turnovers and numerous Syracuse offensive rebounds. The Orange moved on with a 63-60 win Friday at the United Center. Here's the S-R coverage: My game story, John Blanchette's column and…

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Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins, left, and coach Mark Few watch Kyle Wiltjer shoot during practice on Thursday at the United Center in Chicago. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Roundup of Gonzaga coverage

We've got enough Gonzaga stories to keep you reading for a while. Here's my game preview and article on Eric McClellan, John Blanchette's column on Mark Few's coaching job this season, Dan Pelle's photos and a Meehan/Blanchette notebook.

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Zag coverage

Here's a roundup of Zag coverage that is on the S-R website and will appear in tomorrow's paper. I wrote about Syracuse's zone defense, John Blanchette wrote about Gonzaga's defense and Jim Allen featured dedicated fan Keith Sims, who has attended every GU game in…

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

Gonzaga guard Silas Melson kicks a fast break into high gear against Utah at the Pepsi Center, March 19, 2016 in the Zags’ NCAA Second Round win in Denver, Col. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga notebook: Staying focused 

Every coach, every player in every program espouses the philosophy of "taking it one game at a time." But the current Zags repeat the phrase more than any other GU team I can recall. And it started early when coach Mark Few said the squad…

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Big deal for Zags, Utes

Game day for Gonzaga and Utah with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line and bigs Domantas Sabonis and Jakob Poeltl grabbed most of the pre-game attention. Here's my game preview and John Blanchette's column.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis is harassed by the Seton Hall defense during the first half, March 17, 2016, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags march on

Good morning from snowy Denver. Gonzaga has a strong track record in first-round NCAA games and that proved to be the case again last night as the Zags thumped Seton Hall 68-52. Next up is Saturday's matchup against No. 3 Utah. Tip time will be...

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Zag players Kyle Dranginis and Kyle Wiltjer show teammates a live chat they are having with former player Kevin Pangos before practice at the Pepsi Center, March 16, 2016, in Denver, Co. The pair called Pangos in Spain. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Game day for Zags, Pirates

Seems like it took forever to get here but it's finally game day for Gonzaga and Seton Hall. Tip time is approximately 6:57 PDT. S-R coverage: Game preview, notebook, John Blanchette column and Dan Pelle photo gallery.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Domantas Sabonis (11), Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kyle Dranginis celebrate their 88-84 win over BYU, Mon., March 7, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman Review)

Dranginis winning big

Caught up with Kyle Dranginis at Selection Sunday and put together this article on the senior guard that ran in today's S-R. Meanwhile, John Blanchette delved into political bracketology.

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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016

Monson breaks down Zags-Pirates matchup

Long Beach State coach Dan Monson was busy Monday, traveling to Seattle for Tuesday's NIT meeting with Washington, but he took a few minutes to size up Gonzaga's NCAA tournament matchup with Seton Hall. Monson's Long Beach State squad edged Seton Hall 80-77 on Nov....

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016

“My mom’s house,” said Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins when asked where the best food in Denver was, during a press conference at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane on Sunday. Gonzaga is an 11-seed in the Midwest Region and will play No. 6 seed Seton Hall on Thursday in Denver. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags to face Seton Hall in Denver

It was pretty clear leading up to the WCC tournament and quite clear after Selection Sunday: Gonzaga needed to win in Las Vegas or its streak of NCAA tournaments was likely going to end at 17. The Zags received an 11 seed and will take…

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Edwards optimistic he'll be ready

As the confetti dropped following Gonzaga's WCC championship game victory over Saint Mary's, I caught up with Ryan Edwards for a minute or two. The reserve center, who is dealing with an MCL issue, sounded certain he'll be ready for the NCAA Tournament. He missed…

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BYU guard Zac Seljaas tries to stop a shot by Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of Monday’s WCC semifinal in Las Vegas. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags dig deep to hold off BYU

That was a treat to watch, a 40-minute thrill-ride that Gonzaga claimed, 88-84, over BYU in the WCC tournament semifinals late Monday night. And by late, we mean ending way too tight to deadline! I put together a game story that you read below. Here's...

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Gonzaga guard Silas Melson (0) dribbles the ball around Portland guard Alec Wintering (2) during the second half in Saturday’s WCC tournament game. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Round 3 for Zags, Cougars

Gonzaga and BYU tangle for the third time this season and this one will be the most important yet: Monday night's showdown in the WCC tournament semifinals. Here's my game preview and John Blanchette's column on Silas Melson finding his way in the last five…

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Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis, left,  and  forward Kyle Wiltjer, right,  compete for a rebound with Portland guard Alec Wintering  during the first half Saturday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags ground Pilots again

We've got you covered, even with the 9:30 p.m. start. Gonzaga pounded Portland again, 92-67, late Saturday night, an outcome that looked similar to a 92-66 win over the Pilots on Feb. 11. Here's my game story, John Blanchette's column and Colin Mulvany's photo gallery.…

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Game day for Zags, Pilots

Make that tournament game day for the Zags and Pilots, and this is one of the bigger WCC tourneys for Gonzaga in years. Gonzaga's up-and-down regular season probably means the Zags probably need three wins in Las Vegas to secure an 18th straight NCAA trip.…

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Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) shoots over Saint Mary's during the second half of a college basketball game on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016, at The McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Sabonis, on and off the court

Heading over to the Orleans Arena in a bit for the Gonzaga women's game vs. Santa Clara at the WCC tournament. Meanwhile, I put together a feature on Gonzaga sophomore forward Domantas Sabonis that will run in Friday's S-R. Here's the link.

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Four Zags honored by WCC

Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis were named first-team All-WCC, Eric McClellan was tabbed defensive player of the year and Josh Perkins made the All-Freshman team. The All-WCC teams and individual awards, voted on by the 10 head coaches, were announced Tuesday. Link to my article,…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2016

Day after BYU

No reports of Mark Few doing handstands in the locker room, his post-game celebration following last year’s NCAA win over Iowa, but the 17-year Gonzaga coach seemed genuinely ecstatic and exhausted after his team hung on for a 71-68 victory over BYU on Saturday night....

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SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2016

Zags, Cougars close regular season

Gonzaga takes on BYU tonight in the Marriott Center with a lot on the line for both teams. The Zags can finish first or second in the WCC standings and anywhere from first to third in seeding for the WCC tournament. BYU can finish first,…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016

Day after San Diego

You know the drill. Several items to look back on from Gonzaga's 82-60 win over the Toreros and a lot to look forward to with Saturday's showdown against BYU. Check back later today for my GU-BYU preview. Here's my GU-USD game story. More below in…

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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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