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Gonzaga, UCLA discussing potential rematch after thrilling NCAA Tournament semifinal

How about a Gonzaga-UCLA encore? The teams staged one of the best games in NCAA Tournament history last month in Indianapolis that ended with Jalen Suggs connecting on a 40-footer at the buzzer to hand the Zags a 93-90 overtime win. “The scoop is Mark (Few, Gonzaga coach) and I are trying to figure out a way to have a rematch,” Bruins coach Mick Cronin said.

Gonzaga lands Iowa State transfer guard Rasir Bolton

Rasir Bolton, who led Iowa State in several statistical categories, including scoring, is transferring to Gonzaga.The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard announced Friday on Twitter he’s “110% committed” to the Zags, who are bringing in their fourth grad transfer guard in the last three years.

Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert receives Division I-AAA academic honors

Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert has been named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (D1-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete team for the second straight year. Kispert also is a recipient of a postgraduate scholarship from the D1-AAA ADA worth $5,000 toward his postgraduate studies.

New Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd hires trio with Gonzaga connections

Tommy Lloyd tapped into his Gonzaga connections for three additions to his new staff at Arizona. Lloyd, the former GU assistant hired as the Wildcats head coach two weeks ago, will be joined in Tucson by TJ Benson, Rem Bakamus and Ken Nakagawa, the Pac-12 school announced.

Report: Gonzaga commit Fanbo Zeng opts for G League

Gonzaga is apparently losing a promising international recruit to the NBA G League’s pro pathway program. Fanbo Zeng, who committed to Gonzaga in November, is planning on decommitting and joining the G League Ignite, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Minnehaha coach on Jalen Suggs and Chet Holmgren’s Big Monday: ‘Just very proud’

A doubleheader of announcements that reshaped Gonzaga’s roster and left Minnehaha coach Lance Johnson and Grassroots Sizzle director Brian Sandifer beaming with pride. "We’re obviously feeling a lot like (Gonzaga), just very proud,” Johnson said. “And to be honest, really lucky that we had these two guys at our school.

Former Gonzaga center Oumar Ballo transferring to Arizona

Former Gonzaga center Oumar Ballo announced Monday night that he is transferring to Arizona. Ballo will be reunited with new Wildcats head coach Tommy Lloyd, the former Zag assistant who recruited Ballo to Gonzaga.

Gonzaga freshman guard Jalen Suggs declares for NBA Draft

Jalen Suggs is leaving Gonzaga for the NBA. As expected, Suggs will enter the NBA Draft, he announced in a Twitter post. The 6-foot-4 point guard is in the running for the top overall pick and he’s in top five in most mock drafts.

Top-ranked recruit Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga

Jalen Suggs held the title for about a year. Hunter Sallis held it for less than a month. Now it belongs to Chet Holmgren, the No. 1 in the 2021 class according to 247sports composite rankings who announced his commitment to Gonzaga live on ESPN on Monday.

Tommy Lloyd says Arizona only job he would have left Gonzaga for during emotional press conference

New Arizona basketball coach Tommy Lloyd warned in his first sentence that he might get a little emotional. He kept his word less than a minute into his opening remarks at Thursday’s press conference in Tucson.Lloyd worked his way up on Few’s staff, developing a well-earned reputation for his recruiting prowess, game planning and knowledge of Xs and Os. Lloyd landed the Arizona job on Wednesday and he was introduced to the program’s passionate fan base Thursday.

Bullish on these Bulldogs: Gonzaga’s 2021 squad gets nod at No. 1 on Mark Few’s Finest Four

The competition keeps getting tougher. Yes, across college basketball, but also when measuring Gonzaga head coach Mark Few’s best teams against one another.In the last nine years alone, there is the 2013 Zags that the climbed to No. 1 in the AP rankings for the first time in program history, two Sweet 16s, two Elite Eight and two that played for the national championship. Five have been ranked No. 1, including the 2019, 2020 and 2021 teams.