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Ralph Walter: Deadline pressure takes Gonzaga basketball mania to new heights

As news broke Tuesday afternoon that talented Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie would miss a significant chunk of the season following surgery for an ankle fracture, a sense of Zagony …


Underappreciated Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins primed for big senior year

Josh Perkins doesn’t always tell you how he’s feeling – though he’s routinely a post-game go-to for media – so much as show you. It’s one of the reasons he’ll …


Gonzaga men: Talented roster generates high expectations for Bulldogs despite Killian Tillie injury

Gonzaga pretty much went unbeaten in the offseason, until Tuesday’s news that junior forward Killian Tillie will miss eight weeks with a stress fracture in his ankle.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018

John Blanchette: From Courtney Vandersloot on up to Will Foster, we rank the all-time Gonzaga players by height

That’s right. We decided to have the Gonzaga Bulldogs line up by height. Or rather, we lined them up.


Laura Stockton is ready to make some noise, as is Gonzaga

The way Laura Stockton sees it, if she makes some noise this season, so will Gonzaga.


John Blanchette: Game that started Gonzaga’s 20-year NCAA Tournament run was part fact, part fiction

But for 20 consecutive years now, a Gonzaga basketball team has been in the NCAA tournament, and nearly as often as not, played into the second weekend.


Gonzaga women: Bulldogs primed for another run at NCAA Tournament berth

The Zags are going for their third straight West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and they have just the personnel to do it.


Washington State men: Cougars are bigger, but will they be better?

In the past, Washington State hasn’t always had the size, the length and the athleticism to combat the Pac-12’s elite big men, but this season the Cougars should at least …


Eastern Washington men: ‘Next man up’ approach for guard-heavy Eagles

When EWU begins its 2018-19 campaign Nov. 6 at national power Syracuse, the Eagles will have four returning starters who averaged less than double figures.


Idaho men: Losses force Vandals to rebuild around young talent

An Idaho Vandals team that was going to be light on experience in the best of circumstances has the additional challenge of managing the loss of its best returning player …


Whitworth men: Talent-rich Pirates ready for the nation’s best

The 2018-19 edition of the Pirates, who return all five starters from last year’s Northwest Conference tournament championship team, could be the best yet.


Washington men: No. 25 Huskies believe NCAA Tournament drought ends this season

David Crisp, Noah Dickerson and Matisse Thybulle all arrived at Washington with the task of being the group to get the Huskies back to the NCAA Tournament.


West Coast Conference: BYU, Saint Mary’s likely to battle for second place

The prize recruit in the West Coast Conference last spring wasn’t a 7-foot center with forward skills, a jumping-jack slasher with a touch from 3 or a consummate playmaker at …


Pac-12 Conference: Elite players, teams lacking heading into season

Whenever Pac-12 football needs to feel good about itself, all it has to do is look across the hall at Pac-12 basketball.


Washington State women look to climb in Pac-12; Idaho, Eastern Washington battle in Big Sky

Kamie Ethridge, a Hall of Fame player who won a national title at Texas in 1986 and a gold medal in the Olympics two years later, said she’s excited at …


Defending NWAC champion North Idaho men loaded with Division-I recruits, CCS looks to keep pressure on opponents

When the North Idaho College men’s basketball team dropped down from the scholarship-heavy NJCAA to the NWAC two years ago, many wondered if it could still bring in the Division …


New Whitworth women’s coach inherits plenty of veteran talent; North Idaho, CCS confident heading into NWAC campaign

Whitworth returns three starters and its entire bench from last year’s 10-15 squad, including sophomore guard Camy Aguinaldo, the NWC’s Freshman of the Year.