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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014

Vandals fall short of NCAA bid

Idaho's late-season mojo was no match for New Mexico State's size and athleticism. The Vandals' best conference tournament showing in more than two decades ended one win shy of an NCAA tournament bid on Saturday when they fell quietly to New Mexico State, 77-55, in...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Vandals, Verlin get elusive WAC tournament win

Idaho's ineptitude in the WAC tournament? It's history. Senior Stephen Madison put in a masterful performance and his teammates stepped up in the final minutes as the Vandals vanquished the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 73-70, in the quarterfinals of the WAC tourney in Las Vegas....

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Can the Idaho men break through?

Since joining the WAC, the Idaho men's basketball team has won one conference tournament game, and that was an opening round affair in 2007. The Vandals are 1-7 in the event all-time and 0-5 under Don Verlin. But Idaho's postseason struggles go back even further:...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

Postseason beckons for UI men, women

The WAC men's and women's basketball tournaments will again be held at one site -- Orleans Arena in Las Vegas -- over the next four days. The top-seeded Idaho women (22-8) get things started Wednesday at noon with a quarterfinal matchup with Chicago State. The...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

Idaho completes road sweep at UMKC

The Idaho basketball team entered the week with three road wins all year. In the span of three days, it pocketed two victories away from Moscow -- and the latest was arguably the Vandals' most impressive road victory of the season. Idaho thundered back from...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 2014

Stephen Madison poured in 26 points to pace Idaho on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Stat-stuffing year for Idaho's Madison

Idaho's Stephen Madison has improved in each of his four years in Moscow. That seems like a fair summary of a fine career for the 6-foot-6 small forward out of Jefferson High in Portland, and it's something that coach Don Verlin appreciates. "I couldn't be...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

Idaho going back to Sun Belt in football 

UPDATED After the Idaho State Board of Education approved the University of Idaho's request to seek membership in the Sun Belt Conference, athletic director Rob Spear confirmed via Twitter that UI will join its old conference in football only in 2014. Spear tweeted: "I want...

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MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013

Idaho's season ends with loss to NMSU

The Vandals had come back twice this season versus New Mexico State to set up wild finishes. But they couldn't make the same late-game charge this afternoon in the quarterfinals of the WAC tournament. Sixth-seeded UI fell 65-49 to finish the year 12-18. In the...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012

Vandal men picked fifth, six in WAC

The Idaho men’s basketball team was picked fifth by the media and sixth by the league’s coaches in the Western Athletic Conference preseason polls, which were released Wednesday morning. "The preseason polls are what they are,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “It’s about where you...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012

Vandals to unveil 2013 football schedule

Idaho athletic director Rob Spear will announce all but one game of the Vandals' 2013 schedule this afternoon in a conference call with reporters, the Idaho Statesman reported this morning. Spear is also expected to announce the Vandals will move to the Big Sky Conference...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

WAC adds two schools; Idaho AD comments

The Western Athletic Conference, shifting its focus away from football for at least the next year, will add Utah Valley University and CSU Bakersfield in July 2013. With the two additions, the WAC will have six schools in 2013-14 -- that is, if Idaho doesn't...

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FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

UI remarks on conference changes

It's been a wild past few days for conference realignment. All signs point to the WAC losing Utah State, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech and soon-to-be members Texas State and Texas-San Antonio. That would leave just Idaho and New Mexico State as football-playing members. In...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

Could WAC get plundered again? 

Texas-San Antonio was set to join the WAC this summer. But the Roadrunners now appear headed to the Conference USA in 2013 -- along with current WAC member Louisiana Tech. And the WAC's losses might not end there. CBSsports.com reported Saturday morning that Utah State...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012

Can UI stick around in WAC tourney?

The Idaho men's basketball team is one of the hottest clubs in the WAC. But can the Vandals summon a breakthrough this afternoon in the conference tournament? If they do, it will be a landmark day for Idaho. We have more on the Vandals' tourney...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2012

Gonzaga's Katelan Redmond, right, lets out a victorious howl at teammate Kayla Standish, left, after sinking a clutch fall away jumper with three seconds left on the shot clock in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs pulled away from the San Diego Toreros. (Jesse Tinsley)

Area women's basketball roundup

Local NCAA Division I women's basketball teams had a successful Saturday - with the exception of Washington State, which lost at UCLA. We were at Gonzaga today, where the Bulldogs turned up the heat in the second half and beat a defensive San Diego team....

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Vandals pull off stunner at Nevada

As I wrote this morning, there was no reason to think Idaho -- teetering at 11-11 -- could topple Nevada. But the circumanstances around this matchup made me wonder if it would at least be a close game, and it was more than that. The...

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Analyzing Idaho’s chances at Nevada

Tonight at 7 the Vandals play on the road against the WAC’s powerhouse team, Nevada. The Wolf Pack has won 16 straight and is starting to get the attention of national writers like Seth Davis. Idaho has let back-to-back winnable games slip away and is...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012


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