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No. 1 Zag men face WCC nemesis

LAS VEGAS – Watching on television when Saint Mary’s center Brad Waldow’s front tooth went flying late in Saturday’s game, Gonzaga’s Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk had a similar reaction. “I thought, umm, it might be about time to wear a mouth guard,” Harris said. “It’s been sitting in my locker the last four years.”

Zags may be without MVP Karr

LAS VEGAS – Taelor Karr took a seat on the bench and watched her Gonzaga teammates go through practice drills. She twisted her upper body to the right, then to the left, trying to loosen up her ailing lower back. “Keep an eye on this (drill), even though you can’t go,” coach Kelly Graves told his senior guard.

Blanchette: Zags-Gaels: WCC’s own prime-time Family Feud

LAS VEGAS – Welcome back to the championship game of the West Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament, the defending champs (Saint Mary’s) against the more-often-than-not champs (Gonzaga). Or as it’s familiarly (and we mean familiarly) known, “Once more, with feeling.”

Zags-Gaels: Here they go again

LAS VEGAS – Welcome back to the championship game of the West Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament, the defending champs (Saint Mary’s) against the more-often-than-not champs (Gonzaga). Or as it’s familiarly (and we mean familiarly) known, “Once more, with feeling.”

Gaels give GU men something to chew on

Watching on television when Saint Mary’s center Brad Waldow’s front tooth went flying late in Saturday’s game, Gonzaga’s Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk had a similar reaction.

GU’s Karr questionable for WCC title game

Taelor Karr took a seat on the bench and watched her Gonzaga teammates go through practice drills. She twisted her upper body to the right, then to the left, trying to loosen up her ailing lower back.

Gonzaga gets going in second half to dispatch Lions

LAS VEGAS – Sophomore guard Kevin Pangos knew the questions would come, particularly after Gonzaga’s rugged first half against ninth-seeded Loyola Marymount, about the Zags feeling additional pressure carrying the No. 1 ranking. “No, not at all,” said Pangos, who had 11 of his 14 points in the second half as Gonzaga outscored LMU by 17 and claimed a 66-48 victory in the WCC men’s basketball tournament semifinals Saturday. “I don’t over-think things like that. I just play the game I love. That’s for other people to think about.”

No. 1 Gonzaga beats LMU

Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount 66-48 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the West Coast conference tournament.

Cheslek, Kudron step up in GU women’s win

The top-seeded Bulldogs utilized multiple scoring options and smothering pressure defense to crush No. 4 seed BYU 62-43 in the WCC women’s basketball tournament semifinals at the Orleans Arena.

Drive starts now

LAS VEGAS – The Gonzaga Bulldogs’ rise to No. 1 in the men’s college basketball polls hasn’t clouded their memories entering the WCC tournament. “Two things that are going to motivate us: Saint Mary’s is one, and obviously we have to play hard and try to make sure we get the respect that we think we deserve” for seeding in the NCAA tournament, senior forward Elias Harris said.

No. 1 reason to fret … or is it celebrate?

LAS VEGAS – Bumped into those best of friends and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, sitting at side-by-side slots at the Orleans Casino. Guess what they were talking about? Horse Sense: “It’s been five days now. Will you give it a rest?”

Zag men don’t lack for motivation

The Gonzaga Bulldogs’ rise to No. 1 in the men’s college basketball polls hasn’t clouded their memories entering the WCC tournament.

GU women’s team surging at right time

LAS VEGAS – Consider it an indication of just how much the Gonzaga women’s basketball team has improved the last two months that coach Kelly Graves started with a couple of reasons and quickly amended his list to four. The Bulldogs stood at 12-5 overall in mid-January after a rough five-week, 7-5 stretch. They were held to 60 points or less in six of those 12 games, five resulting in losses.

WCC changes basketball tourney format

The double-byes that Gonzaga’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have earned at the West Coast Conference tournaments will go away beginning with the 2014 events. The WCC voted during conference meetings earlier this month in Coeur d’Alene to scrap the current format when Pacific joins the conference in 2013-14. Gonzaga’s men have had a double-bye since the existing format went into place in 2003. The women’s tournament has rewarded the top two seeds with byes into the semifinals since 2009 and the Bulldogs have been seeded No. 1 all four years.

WCC adopts 10-team tourney format

The double-byes that Gonzaga’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have earned at the West Coast Conference tournaments will go away beginning with the 2014 events. The WCC voted during conference meetings earlier this month in Coeur d’Alene to scrap the current format when Pacific joins the conference in 2013-14. Gonzaga’s men have had a double-bye since the existing format went into place in 2003. The women’s tournament has rewarded the top two seeds with byes into the semifinals since 2009 and the Bulldogs have been seeded No. 1 all four years.