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In their rooms across the street from the towering JW Marriott, the Gonzaga Bulldogs can open their drapes each morning and at least find validation that they're in a Final Four.
College basketball's evolution accelerates with each season – whether it's stylistic changes, talent procurement and now the impending bombshell, the compensation for athletes' name, image and likeness rights.
INDIANAPOLIS – In the winter of 2012, Kelly Olynyk caught rapid-fire volleys of tennis balls and did tip drills with heavy medicine balls and never suited up for a game. He came out on the other side an All-American.
How many times have they won? Thirty – the first NCAA Division I program to win 30 or more in five straight seasons, and this one shortened by COVID-19 pauses and cancellations.
You know what the NCAA Tournament is all about? It's about love.
And on Sunday, the Gonzaga Bulldogs reached the West Coast Conference portion of their March Madness schedule.
Stew Morrill switched on his TV on Saturday afternoon and, lo and behold, there was his old zone defense tying Loyola-Chicago in knots and sending Sister Jean home to polish her endearing shtick for another year.
So the NCAA's selection committee got it right, after all. Kidding! Those bozos didn't have a clue.
Four Pac-12 men's basketball teams -- affiliated with the coaches above -- have reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, a likelihood akin to finding Spanish doubloons mixed in with the nickels, dimes and popcorn kernels between your sofa cushions.
INDIANAPOLIS – Interesting development here with Gonzaga’s latest envoys to the NCAA Tournament.
Lon Kruger is the best basketball coach you've heard of but don’t pay any attention to, and Monday afternoon he sends his Oklahoma Sooners out against the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs of Mark Few, qualifiers pending.
It was here, in this very building, that Gonzaga was supposed to meet Baylor for the College Basketball World Championship of December. And it never happened. Called on account of COVID-19. So this was progress.
Even before being discovered by Twitter and TBS on Saturday, Tanner Groves had a whole file on his various doppelgangers.
Since the historic 2018 stunner when Virginia was taken down by the University of Miracle, Baltimore County, it's been offered that No. 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament now have more than just a prayer and a slingshot.
The "preseason MVP" is a curio of college sports that can be lumped in with your other amusing impossibilities: jumbo shrimp, boxing ring and political correctness.
Wayne Tinkle always thought of himself as coachable. But sometimes the coach insists.
Thirty years? The players don’t know from 30 years. Heck, the best player isn’t 20 yet. Thirty is an alien concept, like Blockbuster and personal checks.
Wait, didn't the NCAA decide it wasn't going to rename the regions in its big basketball hoedown, even with the entire tournament bubbled in one city?
The bars are open again, and so it was no surprise to find those two BFFs and Gonzaga fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, enjoying socially distanced microbrews at separate tables.
So Washington State athletics gets $11 million, minimum. What does the credit union get?