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UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Vahe Gregorian: State of the game: Ratings surge even as scandal lingers over NCAA Tournament

Strange but true: It’s been nearly 20 years since the 2000 publication of “Sole Influence” by Dan Wetzel and Don Yeager, whose book uncovered the shameful dynamics infusing the relationship …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Texas Tech clamps down in 63-44 win over Michigan, sets up Elite Eight showdown with Gonzaga

Jarett Culver’s 22 points were a mere subplot in third-seeded Tech’s 63-44 takedown of Michigan in the West Region – a victory that set up an intriguing Elite Eight showdown …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

No. 1 seed Virginia outlasts No. 12 Oregon 53-49 in NCAAs

Ty Jerome scored 13 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and No. 1 seed Virginia reached its second regional final in four years with a 53-49 victory over …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:42 p.m.

Elite Eight-bound: Purdue holds off Tennessee 99-94 in OT

Carsen Edwards scored 29 points as Purdue advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2000, needing overtime to beat Tennessee 99-94 after blowing an 18-point lead in …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s grit on full display in hard-fought Sweet 16 win over Florida State

If you couldn’t get one of Gonzaga’s players to admit before Thursday’s game that this hangover of shame was prominent in their thinking, you simply had to go to the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Florida State pays homage to absent teammate Phil Cofer before Sweet 16 game versus Gonzaga

Phil Cofer wasn’t on the floor with the Seminoles Thursday, but his Florida State teammates still made room for the redshirt senior prior to their Sweet 16 clash against Gonzaga.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:41 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga turns tables on Florida State, advances to Elite Eight with 72-58 victory

Gonzaga pretty much did to Florida State on Thursday what the Seminoles did to the Zags a year ago in the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Gonzaga wins ‘war’ on the glass against taller, bigger Florida State

Everything suggested Gonzaga would probably finish with a better 3-point clip than Florida State, that they’d beat the Seminoles in transition points and furnish a cleaner assist-to-turnover ratio.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Gonzaga-Florida State notebook: Bulldogs lean on athleticism to avoid repeat of last year’s loss to Seminoles

Leading up to the game, the focus was on how Gonzaga would respond to the athleticism of Florida State. After all, the Zags were pushed around in last year’s Sweet …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Gonzaga-Florida State brings Dikembe Mutombo, Rich Eisen, Johnathan Williams to the Honda Center. Will Ferrell too?

Southern California and the occasion of the Sweet 16 lured a variety of celebrities to the Honda Center for Thursday’s games between Gonzaga and Florida State, and Michigan and Texas …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Gonzaga-Florida State: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 72-58 victory over the Seminoles in the Sweet 16

Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 72-58 victory over Florida State at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

TV Take: Analysts on point, officials off the mark as Gonzaga fends off Florida State to reach Elite Eight

Last year, Florida State locked down Gonzaga’s offense and won by 15. Thursday night in Anaheim, Mark Few’s team turned the tables, winning 72-58 to head to the Elite Eight …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Believe it or not, Jimmy Kimmel, Gonzaga University has a seat with your name on it

Spokane resident Jim Kimmel, former owner of Kimmel Athletic Supply, and his son, Jimmy Kimmel Jr., are season ticket holders for Gonzaga basketball. Their names are printed on reserved seats …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Gonzaga uses balanced offensive attack, lock-down defense to top Florida State in Sweet 16 rematch

Brandon Clarke had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds as top-seeded Gonzaga fended off fourth-seeded Florida State 72-58 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday …


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Women’s NCAA Tournament notebook: Baylor’s Kalani Brown faces final chance for Final Four

Kalani Brown has won Big 12 titles and been to the NCAA Tournament all four of her seasons at Baylor.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 9:14 a.m.

Gonzaga gets locker room surprise from Jimmy Kimmel sidekick Guillermo

As Gonzaga’s top-seeded basketball team marches through March Madness, the university has been a popular punch line for television host Jimmy Kimmel and his late-night talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 11:09 p.m.

Sleepers and standouts: Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver leads an impressive field of players in Gonzaga’s Sweet Sixteen pod

A familiar group of teams, and a familiar pool of players, awaits Gonzaga this week at the Honda Center. Three of the four teams that played in the 2018 Sweet …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

John Blanchette: Zach Norvell Jr.’s transformation into complete player has been key to Gonzaga’s success

As a freshman experiencing his very first NCAA Tournament game, Zach Norvell Jr. was accorded an honor that really isn’t an honor but still kind of is. A trip to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Inside look: Seminoles boast best squad in coach Leonard Hamilton’s 17-year tenure

The debate over Gonzaga coach Mark Few’s best team – 2017 vs. 2019 – remains undecided, with the current squad still assembling its full body of work.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Gonzaga faces tough task, but appears better equipped to deal with Florida State in Sweet 16 rematch

The Sweet 16 rematch unfolds Thursday at the Honda Center and both teams have improved since that meeting last March.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

Gonzaga-Florida State key matchup: Mfiondu Kabengele provides big production off the bench

Mfiondu Kabengele was Florida State’s leading scorer during the regular season, ACC Tournament and leads the team in the NCAA Tournament – despite coming off the bench in all 36 …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Women’s NCAA Tournament: Missouri State women crash Sweet 16 as No. 11 seed

The Sweet 16 is set and Missouri State is crashing the party for the first time in 18 years. The 11th-seeded Lady Bears last got this far in 2001 behind …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

John Blanchette: Who are you and what have you done with March Madness?

Look, excellence is swell and should be rewarded. Merit? Merit is the cream that makes the coffee taste like something a little better than acrid hot water. Merit rules. But …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Mark Few’s 20 top memories from 20 years of Gonzaga as national power

Down the road, there figures to be an ESPN 30 for 30 on Gonzaga’s rise to national prominence and Mark Few’s probable Hall of Fame coaching career.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

Gonzaga strikes a deal to get more out of NCAA Tournament success

With perennially contending Gonzaga being courted by the Mountain West, school leaders sought a way to leverage their position as one of the best teams in college basketball. The cut …


What’s an NCAA Tournament unit worth? Millions. Here’s how

The NCAA’s revenue distribution system puts an exact price tag on bids and wins in the NCAA Tournament leading up to the Final Four. And once conferences are paid, they …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

Money Madness: Analysis shows growing gap in NCAA Tournament payouts

An NCAA Tournament upset or at-large bid is like winning the lottery for the smaller conferences in college basketball. They often use it to fund conference-wide initiatives to improve team …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura named NABC first-team All-American

Rui Hachimura became the third Gonzaga player ever named first-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).


Man with perfect NCAA Tournament bracket heading into Sweet 16 selected Gonzaga to win title

The NCAA says an Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that’s perfect through the tournament’s first 48 games. Gregg Nigl of Columbus says he almost didn’t …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

Gonzaga players reflect on numerous accomplishments after ‘roller-coaster year’ comes to an end at Oregon State

Her college basketball career had ended 10 minutes earlier in a game that could have gone either way. But Chandler Smith didn’t talk about the missed opportunities in a six-point …