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Gonzaga men: Time on Bulldogs’ side to put talented pieces together

Stop us if you’ve read this before, like, one year ago practically to the date: Gonzaga’s outlook is bright, even with Killian Tillie battling an injury leading into the season.


West Coast Conference men: Experienced Saint Mary’s, BYU nipping at Gonzaga’s heels

The script is dog-eared, tattered and coffee-stained from two decades of re-use, as if plucked from the read-through table on the set of “Law & Order” or “Home Improvement.”


Washington State men: Cougars begin new era as Kyle Smith brings ‘Nerdball’ style to Pullman

The first year of the Kyle Smith era at Washington State won’t be as telling as the second or third, but a program that averaged 11 wins per season under …


Pac-12 men: Veteran Colorado squad will have to hold off youthful Washington, Oregon teams

Well, the NCAA still hasn’t gone nuclear on Arizona and USC for transgressions that landed their assistant coaches in front of a judge. One of its teams even reached the …


Eastern Washington men: Eagles enter season with sky-high hopes after being favored to win conference title

Coaches around the Big Sky Conference believe experienced, talent-stocked Eastern Washington has the means to clear a hurdle that’s tripped the Eagles the last two seasons: The Big Sky Tournament …


Idaho men: New-look Vandals forge ahead after upheaval

Interim coach Zac Claus says the team he stitched together from four key returners plus Wilson and 10 newcomers is talented and fully invested in playing for the Vandals.


Whitworth men: Pirates starting anew after departure of coach, leading scorer

Having established a foundation of excellence, the Whitworth Pirates are doing their best to maintain it.


Community college men: CC Spokane Sasquatch stepping up; North Idaho loaded with talent again

The Northwest Athletic Conference’s East Region flexed its muscle on the 34-team junior college athletic association in March.


New NCAA recruiting calendar hits Las Vegas hard

Sin City had long been the epicenter of high-level amateur basketball. Hundreds of club teams descended upon the city every July, coaches from nearly every Division I program following to …


NCAA’s new recruiting calendar draws mixed reviews

The NCAA changed its college basketball calendar prior to the 2019-20 season, adding coach-led camps and high school tournaments to go with the club-ball events of the past.


James Wiseman tops Memphis prep class and nation’s freshmen

It’s hard to blame James Wiseman for signing with Memphis. The nation’s No. 1 recruit had his pick of scholarship offers, but the star for East High School had the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Idaho men’s basketball has no answer for Trystan Bradley, Lewis-Clark State in 88-73 exhibition loss

Idaho had no answer for LCSC’s Trystan Bradley. At 6-foot-8 he could shoot over guards and was accurate, connecting on 4 of 7 threes.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Local colleges react to NCAA vote permitting student-athletes to earn money for name, likeness, image

NCAA leaders made a landmark decision Tuesday morning, unanimously voting on legislation that will permit collegiate athletes to be compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness, as …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

NCAA investigating No. 12 Seton Hall; Kevin Willard out 2 games

The NCAA has launched an investigation into the basketball program at No 12 Seton Hall. The university announced the probe Tuesday, saying coach Kevin Willard is sitting out the Pirates’ …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

Gonzaga freshman center Oumar Ballo ruled academic redshirt for 2019-20 season

Oumar Ballo, nicknamed ‘Baby Shaq’ because of his 6-foot-10, 260-pound frame at a young age, has been ruled an academic redshirt by the NCAA, according to a GU release.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

Former Gonzaga forward Zach Collins leaves Trail Blazers’ game with dislocated left shoulder

Former Gonzaga forward Zach Collins suffered a dislocated left shoulder Sunday in Portland’s road win over Dallas.


Matt Calkins: The Hopkins Hoops Show at Washington truly begins this season

The first two seasons – that was the soft opening. It might have been surprising, and it might have been successful, but it wasn’t the unveiling of the man’s true …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Kyle Smith lands second commitment in 2020 class as T.J. Bamba pledges to Washington State

Kyle Smith opened the week without a single commitment in the 2020 recruiting class, but the first-year Washington State coach will close it with at least two.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Gonzaga No. 7 in USA Today coaches preseason poll

The USA Today coaches preseason poll released Thursday mirrors the AP Top 25 through the top six spots before the first difference. Gonzaga is No. 7 in the coaches’ rankings, …


Class of 2021 center Nathan Bittle planning Gonzaga visit

Gonzaga appears to be in the mix for another highly rated class of 2021 big man from the Pacific Northwest. Nathan Bittle, a 6-foot-10, 180-pound center at Crater High in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie healing up, hoping for healthy senior year

Tillie is tired of talking about injuries for obvious reasons after missing 22 games last season due to a stress fracture and partially torn plantar fascia. The talented, 6-foot-10 forward …


Big 12 wide open after Kansas stranglehold ended last season

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber shrugged off the early predications that the Wildcats, who just a few months ago were still reveling in the glow a shared Big 12 championship, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Idaho’s comeback attempt falls short in exhibition loss to Division II Central Washington

Division II Central Washington upset the Idaho Vandals 88-81 in a season-opening exhibition for both teams.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

High-flier from Australia commits to Kyle Smith, Washington State

Efe Abodigi, a high-flying, rim-rocking big man from Australia who took the internet by storm two years ago, committed to Kyle Smith and the Cougars Tuesday afternoon, becoming the coach’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

George Raveling to be celebrated by Washington State at halftime of Feb. 9 rivalry game against Washington

Klay Thompson won’t be the only Washington State luminary celebrated by the school this basketball season.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Joshua Langford out again with foot problem for No. 1 Michigan St

Top-ranked Michigan State is already dealing with a significant injury. Guard Joshua Langford had a setback in his return from a foot injury, and coach Tom Izzo says the senior …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Cassius Winston, Markus Howard top AP preseason All-America men’s team

Cassius Winston had a long list of accomplishments at Michigan State. He led the Spartans to Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and into the Final Four. He was the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Michigan State opens at No. 1 in AP Top 25 preseason poll

There isn’t much Michigan State has yet to accomplish under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, from Big Ten titles and Final Four trips to winning a national championship.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev help Gonzaga past Michigan State in preseason scrimmage

Gonzaga topped Michigan State 103-87 in a preseason scrimmage Saturday in Denver. The Spartans are expected to be ranked No. 1 when the AP preseason poll is released next week. …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Rob Curley: Revisit Zags’ rise with Big Ed and Q on eve of Bulldogs’ season

The evening will feature tons of cool videos, fun and revealing live interviews on stage with Gonzaga men’s assistant coach Tommy Lloyd and women’s head coach Lisa Fortier, as well …