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UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Gonzaga players coming to grips with abrupt end to their season

As tough as that is to hear for the Zags’ fan base, imagine being one of the players on a 31-2 team that was considered one of the favorites to …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Gonzaga’s Mike Roth, Mark Few felt NCAA Tournament postponement could have been option; understand cancellation

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few was literally 20 seconds into answering a question live on ESPN when he was interrupted by Rece Davis.


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

‘Devastated’ and ‘disappointed’: Gonzaga fans react to NCAA decision to play upcoming basketball tournaments without crowds

What’s a basketball game without the fans? Spokane is about to find out.


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Gonzaga rewind: Bulldogs guard Joel Ayayi shows off MVP work ethic

LAS VEGAS – Joel Ayayi sported a fashionable ensemble: WCC Tournament championship hat and T-shirt, net draped around his neck and MVP trophy in his hands.


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Gonzaga AD Mike Roth says it’s unfortunate teams, fans won’t get ‘full tournament experience’ after coronavirus alters NCAA plans

You could say feelings were mixed when the Gonzaga Bulldogs learned Wednesday that NCAA Basketball Tournament games would be played in virtually empty arenas – though there was one overriding …


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

John Blanchette: Mark Few trusted NCAA to ‘do the right thing’ and it did in limiting patrons at tournament games

It’s unlikely that any fan base will feel as emotionally empty – OK, robbed – as Gonzaga’s local mob, which has been teased with seeing the Zags launch a tournament …


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

John Blanchette: Familiar WCC title win has special feeling for Gonzaga

When do you suppose came the signal for the Gonzaga masses that it was safe to exhale?


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Analysis: Gonzaga puts pedal to metal in WCC title game after slowing down Jordan Ford

Most of Gonzaga’s trademarks were on full display.


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Gonzaga’s Mark Few whistled for first-half technical – and first technical since 2016 – in WCC Tournament title game

Mark Few and Gonzaga have built plenty of streaks through the years, and many of them during the West Coast Conference Tournament at Orleans Arena. One of the more obscure …


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Joel Ayayi brings WCC Tournament MVP back to Gonzaga, France after 17-point effort

West Coast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player honors returned to Gonzaga – and France – Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s: 3 keys from the Bulldogs’ victory over the Gaels in the WCC Tournament title game

Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s 84-66 win at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

TV Take: Drew Timme puts twinkle in eye of ESPN crew as Gonzaga rolls past Saint Mary’s for WCC Tournament title

Yes, the West Coast Conference is improved this year. It might even be the best it’s ever been. But second-ranked Gonzaga is still the king.


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Gonzaga notebook: Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev named All-District IX; Orleans Arena gets court upgrade for WCC Tournament

LAS VEGAS – Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert and Filip Petrusev have been selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District IX team.


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Recap and highlights: No. 2 Gonzaga races past Saint Mary’s in second half for WCC Tournament championship

Drew Timme and Joel Ayayi had 17 points apiece and the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the Saint Mary’s Gaels for the third time this season, this time 84-66 Tuesday …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Saint Mary’s rallies past BYU to earn WCC Tournament title-game rematch with Gonzaga

Saint Mary’s senior guard Jordan Ford, who put on a show with 42 points in Saturday’s double-overtime win over Pepperdine, produced more magic late Monday night.


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

John Blanchette: Gonzaga avoids Black Monday, settles for an Off-Black one after men rally to beat San Francisco

A bit more than four minutes remained when Joel Ayayi got loose in the paint and pulled up for a 10-footer that would give Gonzaga the lead for good and …


Analysis: Joel Ayayi’s timely contributions push Gonzaga past USF and into WCC title game

Joel Ayayi made a string of giant plays in the final 4-plus minutes Monday, and his team was extremely grateful, because the sophomore guard carried the top-seeded Bulldogs past No. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Killian Tillie shrugs off ankle pain to lift Gonzaga late in semifinal win over San Francisco

As the top scorer and rebounder Monday evening, Killian Tillie had plenty of moments that stimulated the Gonzaga-friendly crowd a West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal against San Francisco. But there …


Gonzaga-San Francisco: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ victory over the Dons in the WCC Tournament semifinals

Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s 81-77 win at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

TV Take: When it comes to the WCC Tournament, Gonzaga fans can bet on the ESPN tandem of Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale to be on the call

No matter what you think of Vitale, beneath all the “babys” and the “PTPers” is a knowledgeble basketball mind. You would expect nothing less from a former college and NBA …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

BYU fan with coronavirus attended BYU-Gonzaga men’s game in Provo

The international coronavirus outbreak has now touched the West Coast Conference, though the league doesn’t plan on taking any extreme measures after it was learned Monday a man who attended …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Recap and highlights: No. 2 Gonzaga holds off San Francisco in WCC semifinals

Killian Tillie had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs withstood the San Francisco Dons 81-77 on Monday night in the WCC Tournament semifinals at Orleans …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Gonzaga remains second in AP poll behind Kansas

As far as Gonzaga is concerned, there was no movement in the AP poll and bracket projections and minor movement in the NET rankings.


GU fans’ good works make Sin City better

One day before they planned to pack the Orleans Arena, several dozen Gonzaga fans were stuffing backpacks for refugees. They also toured a shelter for the homeless and the kitchen …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Gonzaga tries to extend series dominance over San Francisco in WCC Tournament semifinals

There are few postseason shortcuts, so it’s hardly a surprise second-ranked Gonzaga will be challenged immediately by an opponent that gave the Zags fits during the regular season.


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Gonzaga-San Francisco key matchup: Charles Minlend leads Dons’ talented backcourt

Junior Charles Minlend is the steadiest of San Francisco’s four play-making guards/wings.


‘She’s a great member of our team’: Doctor for Zags basketball teams makes an impact on and off the court

Gonzaga basketball always keeps Dr. Molly Gilbert on the edge of her seat. It’s a good one, too, just 11 rows behind the GU bench, where Gilbert has sat for …


UPDATED: Sat., March 7, 2020

Fifth-seeded San Francisco beats Pacific, advances to WCC Tournament semifinals against Gonzaga

Gonzaga will face No. 5 San Francisco at 6 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The Dons (22-11) eliminated No. 4 Pacific 72-54 in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.


UPDATED: Sat., March 7, 2020

Top-seeded Gonzaga women to face Portland for second time in nine days at WCC Tournament

Nine days after beating the Portland Pilots for the second time, the Gonzaga women will need to do it again on Monday afternoon if they hope to win the West …


UPDATED: Sat., March 7, 2020

Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev makes Wooden Award national ballot

Petrusev on Saturday was named one of 15 players on the national ballot for the Wooden Award.