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Commentary: Defense wins championships, and Texas Tech went all in against Gonzaga

Gonzaga was college basketball’s No. 1 team in offensive efficiency according to the respected Kenpom metric. Texas Tech was No. 1 in defensive efficiency. Only one could go to the …


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Gonzaga rewind: Zags experience pain of season-ending loss, pride of 33-win season

They gathered one last time as a team in the locker room. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few knew there was nothing he could say that would mend his players’ broken …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Virginia shakes off Purdue 80-75 in OT to win South Region

The Cavaliers (33-3) redeemed themselves from last year’s loss to UMBC by relying on veterans, sound defense, poise, controlling the ball and a failure to be rattled even when the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 8:08 p.m.

Gonzaga students react to loss at campus watch party

With about two minutes left in the game, all the students in Gonzaga’s Cataldo Hall stood up as they watched their men’s basketball team fall to Texas Tech, knocking the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Jeff Walz and Louisville hope to beat UConn twice in season, Oregon seeks first Final Four apperance

Jeff Walz knows that it’s extremely rare for a team to beat UConn twice in a season. Only one school has done it over the past decade and that’s Notre …


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Fans cheer all across Spokane as Gonzaga University advances to the Final Four

The excitement was palpable Saturday afternoon when Gonzaga took on Xavier. Maybe this is it, everyone thought. Maybe this is the year the Zags make it to the Final Four.


Gonzaga avoided slip-sliding away on SAP Center court during Sweet 16 game

Gonzaga appeared to have some issues with its footing during Thursday’s win over West Virginia.


Jordan Mathews’ phone gets workout after hitting clutch 3-pointer

Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins didn’t make one of the biggest shots in Gonzaga’s postseason history but that didn’t stop him from watching the play over and over.


UConn heads to 9th straight Final Four after beating Texas

UConn is headed back to the Final Four again thanks to its stellar senior class of Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson.


Washington women beat Stanford 85-76 to reach Final Four

Chantel Osahor and Kelsey Plum always believed they could help make Washington a championship-caliber program.


Baylor, Oregon State clash for women’s Final Four berth

Baylor players have been wearing those green “Eight Is Not Enough” bracelets so long that Nina Davis figures she probably has a permanent mark on her arm.


Villanova upsets top-seeded Kansas 64-59 in South final

Kris Jenkins made two free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining, Jalen Brunson added two more with 3.5 seconds left and second-seeded Villanova upset top-seeded Kansas.


Syracuse, Tennessee women set for improbable regional final

This improbable matchup Sunday – No. 4 seed Syracuse vs. No. 7 seed Tennessee – will send the winner to the Final Four in Indianapolis.


Zags falter in stretch, denied Final Four

HOUSTON – Gonzaga’s Road to the Final Four hit a detour with four-plus minutes left. The Zags’ offense, so dependable all season but inconsistent during several costly stretches against Duke, …


Age not factor in Duke’s success

HOUSTON – As his younger teammates bounced around one side of the Duke locker room in celebration, the team’s elder sat apart from the revelers – who are still blissfully …


GU-Duke notes: NRG Stadium not a popular place for shooters

While the players and coaches at the South regional in Houston have been reluctant to place any blame for poor shooting on the weird setup of NRG Stadium, the number …


Winslow a handful for Blue Devils’ opponents

HOUSTON – In November, 2013, shortly after making their own college decisions, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones helped convince Justise Winslow to depart Houston for Duke University. Winslow has brought …


Zags must rewrite history

HOUSTON – Among hundreds of questions Gonzaga players heard from the media Saturday, one ranked high on the surprise meter. A TV reporter asked Kyle Wiltjer: “Is there any chance …


Party like it’s 1999: Gonzaga reaches Elite Eight

HOUSTON – Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd was visiting with Domantas Sabonis in the locker room, reflecting on Przemek Karnowski’s two behind-the-back passes. “Those were right out your dad’s book,” …


Notre Dame eyes history, shot at upsetting No. 1 Kentucky

CLEVELAND – Beware, Kentucky. That little leprechaun looms. The pristine season, the presumed NCAA championship, the aura of invincibility and every other plaudit being thrown at the so-good-they’re-scary Wildcats are …


Gonzaga taking time to find women’s basketball coach that fits

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth specifically proclaimed Thursday that the women’s basketball opening is the best available job in the country. He then declined to give any specifics about how …


Gonzaga taking time to find coach that fits

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth specifically proclaimed Thursday that the women’s basketball opening is the best available job in the country. He then declined to give any specifics about how …


Graves leaves Zags for Oregon

Kelly Graves is leaving Gonzaga and will become the women’s basketball coach at Oregon. Graves leaves after building the Bulldogs into a nationally-ranked powerhouse that won the last 10 consecutive …


Matt Santangelo to take over as Hoopfest executive director

Seeking a new leader for the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, the Hoopfest Association Board of Directors turned to a blue blood of Spokane basketball: former Gonzaga star Matt Santangelo. …


Baylor, Texas A&M square off for fourth time

If Baylor is going to get to the NCAA Final Four for the second year in a row, Brittney Griner and the top-seeded Lady Bears are going to have to …