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Gonzaga’s Mark Few reflects on loss of coaching icons Lute Olson, John Thompson

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.

Virginia and Auburn match contrasting styles in Final Four

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.

Michigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind

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.

Geno Crandall leaves Minneapolis hoping to return with Gonzaga for Final Four run

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.