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College basketball recently lost two coaching icons with the deaths of Thompson, who turned Georgetown into a national power, and Lute Olson, who did the same at Arizona. Both Hall of Fame coaches made a huge impression on Few, who was fan of the Hoyas’ tenacity and toughness and the Wildcats’ fluid style of play.
The 2016-2017 Gonzaga Bulldogs joined Sam Adams today for a Zoom call to relive their historic run.
So this weekend it seems fitting to revisit 2017 and Gonzaga’s Final Four breakthrough. First up, the Zags’ rollercoaster 77-73 win over South Carolina at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
It would’ve been a magnificent weekend. Hoops. Music. A confetti shower at the end. A real celebration of basketball.
Dozens of former Zags took to social media to pay tribute to one of the NBA’s all-time greats.
Matt Mooney matched his career high with 22 points and the Texas Tech defense did the rest in a 61-51 victory over Michigan State in the Final Four.
Auburn had erased a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes and led 62-60 before Kyle Guy stepped to the line in the final second.
The Irish will face Baylor for the crown Sunday night, trying to become the fourth school to win consecutive championships — UConn, Tennessee and Southern California have done it.
Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Lauren Cox added 21 as Baylor held off Final Four newcomer Oregon 72-67 Friday night to reach the women’s championship game for the first time since 2012.
Virginia and Auburn meet at the Final Four in the latest installment of a long-running competition in basketball: Slow and steady vs. fast and furious. The top-seeded Cavaliers are rarely in a hurry, playing a deliberate and methodical style. The Tigers take a frenetic approach. The first national semifinal Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium is likely to be decided by whether Auburn or Virginia dictates the pace of play.
One Final Four semifinal features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice.
Oregon senior forward Oti Gildon is the rare Spokane product to reach the NCAA women’s Final Four, which kicks off Friday when the No. 2 seed Ducks face top-seeded Baylor in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins and Idaho’s Taylor Pierce had short stays during Thursday’s State Farm 3-point Championship in conjunction with the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four at the Target Center.
In his eighth trip to the Final Four, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo should know how best to get around. The rest of his coaching compatriots? They could probably use a map.
This has been a pro basketball state for a quarter of a century now. Eight of the past 25 NBA championships have been won by Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, with the Spurs claiming the majority of those. Texas Tech is working hard to alter the state’s reputation at the college level.
Gonzaga senior point guard Josh Perkins will compete Thursday in the State Farm 3-point Championship at the Final Four.
Picked up those inseparable buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, hitchhiking back from Las Vegas after cashing in their return flight tickets to put everything on Gonzaga to win against Saint Mary’s.
The Final Four is headed back to Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis.
Geno Crandall went from under-the-radar recruit to one of biggest grad transfers of the offseason. He heard from dozens of top programs, including the University of Minnesota, where he watched games as a kid. Crandall decided to leave Minneapolis with the long-range goal of coming back when his hometown hosts the 2019 Final Four.
Facing a team that shoots as well as Villanova, limiting the takes from 3-point range is about as important as limiting the makes.