The Washington men’s basketball team has been hide-your-eyes hideous in 2020-21, and the scary part is that it’s hard to see it getting much better.
Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s renew one of the best rivalries in the West at 7 p.m. Saturday, but the Zags have won 9 of the last 11 – all by double digits – over the last five seasons, including a 90-60 pummeling a year ago at UCU Pavilion in Moraga, California.
It went well against Pepperdine’s Colbey Ross, BYU’s Alex Barcello and San Francisco’s Jamaree Bouyea and Khalil Shabazz for the most part. Next on Gonzaga’s tour of quality WCC point guards: Saint Mary’s Tommy Kuhse.
There will be a bit less mystery to the March Madness bracket now that the NCAA selection committee no longer has to adjust matchups for travel concerns.
TV revenue allowed the Utes to revise downward their projected shortfall
Matt Johnson led a balanced Northern Colorado attack with 18 points as the Bears dominated Idaho 74-54 on Thursday at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho.
Gonzaga had uneven stretches at both ends of the court, encountered major foul trouble and matched its season high for turnovers – and still hit its season averages and still won going away, 95-70, over Pepperdine on Thursday.
The Eagles, who hadn't played a game in nearly a month due to several coronavirus-related cancellations, rode junior big man Tanner's Groves and a late surge at Reese Court to hand the Thunderbirds their first Big Sky Conference loss.
Isaiah Mobley scored a season-high 18 points, Evan Mobley added 17 points and Southern California routed Washington 95-68 on Thursday night.
Difference makers and turning point from Gonzaga's game against Pepperdine on Jan. 14 in Spokane.
Starting fast and finishing the same way, the Gonzaga women beat Santa Clara 71-52 in a West Coast Conference game Thursday night in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Jay Bilas has a law degree. He still is a member of a Charlotte law firm. He was also, as most college basketball fans know, played at Duke.
The win-loss column would suggest both Washington State and UCLA had tremendous success through the first 11 games of the 2020-21 season. Thursday's game between the Cougars and Bruins was a reminder that not all 9-2 teams are created equal.
Gonzaga’s game against Saint Mary’s has been moved to 7 p.m. Saturday. The WCC matchup at UCU Pavilion in Moraga, California, will air on ESPN with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham on the call. It was originally scheduled for 5 p.m.
The silver linings are few and far between in the era of COVID-19, but the Gonzaga women found a lode last month.
Corey Kispert scored 23 points, Drew Timme had 20 points and No. 1 Gonzaga used a dominant second half to power past Pepperdine 95-70 Thursday night at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
The brothers can thank their 6-9 grandfather – former Shadle Park player and coach Jim Groves – and their 6-6 father – former Shadle Park and Community Colleges of Spokane forward Randy Groves – for an accommodating gene pool. Their mother, Tara Groves, is Whitworth's all-time leading scorer.
If the Santa Clara women going to move up the West Coast Conference standings, they’re going to have to jump a little higher – especially Thursday night against Gonzaga.
Colbey Ross has put together a record-setting career in three-plus seasons at Pepperdine. Freshman Jalen Suggs has become one of the top players in the nation after just 12 games at Gonzaga. The two are expected to match up in Thursday’s game at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Gonzaga's winning streaks have encountered numerous challenges over the years, but Pepperdine gave the Zags their toughest test last season at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga outlasted the 23-point underdogs 75-70, as 6-foot-10 forward Killian Tillie’s blocked on a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Waves standout point Colbey Ross in the closing seconds.
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