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Walker, Aggies upend DePaul

Courtney Walker scored 25 points to power Texas A&M to an 84-65 victory over DePaul in a semifinal of the Lincoln Regional on Saturday. The Aggies (27-8) led by 14 points at halftime and turned back two DePaul runs. Courtney Williams had 14 of her 15 points in the second half.

Bell’s aim was true

SAN DIEGO – A year ago during the NCAA tournament, Gary Bell Jr. was battling several nagging injuries, including severe pain near the top of his foot that would later be diagnosed as a stress fracture. He went scoreless in the loss to Wichita State and barely played in the second half.

Zags persevere through whistle-filled marathon for hard-fought win

SAN DIEGO – There was an echo inside Viejas Arena, and it wasn’t just the endless sound of officials wearing out their whistles. Gonzaga jumped in front early and spent a good chunk of the rest of the game repelling challenge after challenge from Oklahoma State. The Bulldogs had their share of answers and an equal number of players supplying those answers in an 85-77 NCAA tournament win viewed by 11,196 Friday.

Bell’s aim was true vs. Oklahoma State

A year ago during the NCAA tournament, Gary Bell Jr. was battling several nagging injuries, including severe pain near the top of his foot that would later be diagnosed as a stress fracture.

Gonzaga notebook: Bell thoroughly enjoys this victory

A year ago during the NCAA tournament, Gary Bell Jr. was battling several nagging injuries, including severe pain near the top of his foot that would later be diagnosed as a stress fracture.

Gonzaga men defeat Oklahoma State 85-77

Gonzaga opens their 16th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance defeating Oklahoma State, 85-77, in San Diego, Friday, March 21, 2014. Next up, the Zags face No. 1 seed Arizona on Sunday.

Opposites attract as Gonzaga and Oklahoma State meet in NCAA second round

SAN DIEGO – Gary Bell Jr. knows what’s coming: 30-plus minutes of dealing with Oklahoma State standout guard Marcus Smart. Oklahoma State forward Kamari Murphy understands his assignment: Jostling with Przemek Karnowski, who is five inches taller and outweighs Murphy by some 70 pounds.

Gonzaga -Oklahoma State practice

Gonzaga and Oklahoma State practice the day before their NCAA second round game at San Diego State University, March 20, 2014.

GU has lopsided edge in series with OSU

They’ve played at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, KeyArena in Seattle, The Milk House in Orlando, McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane and Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. Gonzaga and Oklahoma State have squared off five times in five arenas in five cities, but the outcome has always been the same. GU is 5-0 against the Cowboys in the last decade, three of the outcomes decided in the closing seconds.

Zags have lopsided edge in series with Oklahoma St.

Gonzaga and Oklahoma State have squared off five times in five arenas in five cities, but the outcome has always been the same. GU is 5-0 against the Cowboys in the last decade, three of the outcomes decided in the closing seconds.

Smart has Cowboys back on course

With rare exceptions, college basketball teams go through hot and cold stretches. Gonzaga experienced tumult in a Dec. 21 loss to Kansas State in Wichita when Sam Dower Jr. went down with a lower back injury and again a week later when Gary Bell Jr. suffered a broken hand against Santa Clara.

Gonzaga stays on West Coast, faces familiar foe

The Gonzaga Bulldogs got roughly the seed they expected and an opponent they’re familiar with in perhaps the best location logistically of the eight NCAA tournament opening-round sites. All in all, not a bad draw.