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Can’t miss moments: Maui Invitational win, rise to No. 1 ranking top list of season highlights for Gonzaga men’s basketball

The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs finished a perfect 16-0 in West Coast Conference play and won the WCC by five games. The only losses for the 29-2 Zags came against Tennessee …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Good call: Jeremy Jones, Gonzaga make strong connection

Jeremy Jones was looking to transfer, researched possible schools and dialed a phone number that made perfect sense, in theory.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

Gonzaga, Kansas state cases for No. 1 ranking after impressive holiday-week wins

Gonzaga or Kansas? Which team will be ranked No. 1 come Monday? It should be an interesting vote from 65 media members in the AP poll and 32 Division I …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Gonzaga rewind: Bulldogs’ offense, experience, bench shine at Maui Invitational

The Gonzaga-Duke game was nearing tip time when Mark Few and Mike Krzyzewski met behind makeshift curtains close to the court. “So I talked to Mark before the game and …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

Gonzaga enjoys Maui Invitational title, but keeps focus on future

ESPN aired footage of Few performing a nifty back-flip into the ocean off Black Rock, a landmark lava promontory near the team hotel, the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, Zach Norvell Jr. selected to Maui All-Tournament team

Gonzaga had numerous candidates but settled for two representatives on the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga puts up its dukes in true championship form

They didn’t win the national championship. It only felt that way.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga uses hot-shooting start, lock-down-defensive finish to down No. 1 Duke, win Maui Invitational title

With the clock seemingly in slow motion over the last 8 minutes, Gonzaga’s lead, once at 16 points, dwindled to six, then two, before Duke finally tied it with 1:40 …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Gonzaga-Duke: 3 keys from the Bulldogs’ 89-87 victory over the Blue Devils at the Maui Invitational

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 89-87 win over Duke on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Lahaina Civic Center in …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

Former Gonzaga athletes react to Zags’ win over No. 1 Duke in Maui Invitational final

After Gonzaga finished off an 89-87 win over Duke in the championship game of the Maui Invitational former Zags athletes took to Twitter to celebrate the victory.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

TV Take: Defense down the stretch gives Gonzaga perfect ending to Maui Invitational with title win over Duke

This is what everybody wanted, right? No. 1 Duke versus No. 3 Gonzaga for the championship of the best early-season tournament of the year, the Maui Invitational. And the game …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Gonzaga downs top-ranked Duke to win Maui Invitational championship

Brandon Clarke blocked RJ Barrett’s layup with one second remaining as third-ranked Gonzaga topped No. 1 Duke 89-87 to win the Maui Invitational championship on Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic …


Duke has been a defensive nightmare for Gonzaga in three previous meetings

Over the years, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team has faced Duke three times – all Blue Devils victories. The No. 3 Zags hope the fourth time will be the charm …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Good Zags show up to replace Bad Zags in Maui Invitational semifinal win

In normal circumstances, there might be occasion to bask in the glow of Tuesday’s 91-74 sprint past Arizona a smidgen longer – just to appreciate the fulfillment of taking something …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:49 p.m.

Analysis: Second-half surge carries Gonzaga past Arizona, into Maui Invitational title game

Every bucket – and there was an endless supply of them for Gonzaga in the second half – brought a louder roar than the one before.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

TV Take: Duo of Jay Bilas, Dan Schulman doesn’t miss much in Gonzaga’s comeback win over Arizona at Maui Invitational

Every great comeback consists of two parts. There is the building of a deficit, the mistakes, the shortcomings, whatever goes wrong to build a hill to scramble over. And there …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

Gonzaga-Arizona: 3 keys from the Bulldogs’ 91-74 victory over the Wildcats at the Maui Invitational

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 91-74 win over Arizona on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Lahaina Civic Center in …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

How will Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke handle Duke’s Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish? We’ll find out in the Maui Invitational final

Hachimura would be giving away roughly 50 pounds, but he is Gonzaga’s strongest interior player and had success defending 260-pound Jock Landale last season. Clarke is an option, but he’d …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Maui Invitational roundup: Top-ranked Duke knocks off No. 8 Auburn 78-72 in semifinals

Top-ranked Duke withstood its toughest test of the season, outlasting No. 8 Auburn 78-72 in the Maui Invitational semifinals. The Blue Devils move on to play in the title game …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Gonzaga uses big second half to down Arizona 91-74, set up showdown with top-ranked Duke in Maui Invitational title game

Zach Norvell had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds as third-ranked Gonzaga overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to top Arizona 91-74 in the semifinals of …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

Live updates: Gonzaga holds off late Illinois charge in Maui Invitational opener

Follow along here for updates and analysis as the Gonzaga Bulldogs play the Illinois Fighting Illini at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii. You can watch the game on ESPN2.


Key matchup: Gonzaga’s frontcourt will test Illinois freshman

Gonzaga’s front-court tandem of Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke looks to have an edge inside against the Illini’s typical four-guard/wing alignment and freshman Giorgi Behanishvih, 6-foot-9 and 235.


Gonzaga aide Stephen Gentry strolls down memory lane against Illinois and former boss

Stephen Gentry’s frequent chats and text exchanges with Illinois coach Brad Underwood should resume later this week. They’ve been put on hold temporarily with third-ranked Gonzaga facing Illinois in a …


Gonzaga coach Mark Few could be Maui’s biggest fan

Everybody who visits Maui pretty much becomes a fan, but Mark Few might be at the front of the line with his endorsement of the island.


Stuff of dreams: Five star-studded individual matchups for Gonzaga we’d like to see at the Maui Invitational

Zion-Rui? Yes please. RJ-Snacks? Second that. Reddish-Clarke? Yup. Perkins-Williams? Yes, sir. Clarke-Jeter? Affirmative.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

Hotel labor dispute could impact Gonzaga’s, fans’ Maui trip

The Maui Invitational annually serves up stunning scenery, warm ocean breezes and the best holiday tournament college basketball has to offer. That won’t change next week with a loaded field …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

Gonzaga returning to Bahamas for 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis

Gonzaga has essentially adhered to a tournament rotation schedule for more than a decade, often visiting the top holiday basketball events once every four years. That rotation will continue in …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

Gonzaga adds Idaho State, UT Arlington to men’s basketball schedule

Gonzaga’s nonconference basketball schedule is nearly complete. The latest games to come to light include a season-opening date with Idaho State and a December matchup against Texas Arlington.


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Gonzaga draws Illinois in Maui Invitational opener

Gonzaga will open against Illinois in the nightcap of the Maui Invitational’s first day. The Zags and Illini will tip at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time on ESPN2 on Monday, Nov. …


Gonzaga’s upcoming schedule ranks among best, toughest in program’s 20-year NCAA Tournament run

In 2005, Gonzaga played three teams ranked in the top five at the time and Washington, which finished No. 8 in the AP final regular-season poll. That didn’t make our …