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Purdue, A&M styles similar

So what will the Purdue University men’s basketball team use as motivation in the NCAA tournament now? After the fourth-seeded Boilermakers were picked as the most likely first-round upset – …


What could’ve been: Vasquez almost was a Zag

How about the thought of a backcourt duo of Matt Bouldin and Greivis Vasquez thrilling Gonzaga University fans for four years at the McCarthey Athletic Center? Laugh, if you must, …


Gonzaga gears up for challenge

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With roughly a 39-hour turnaround, the Gonzaga Bulldogs go from facing the nation’s best field-goal percentage defense to tangling with the nation’s top field-goal percentage offense. Not …


Onuaku ailing

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim sat at a table in the interview room and painted a bleak picture for injured senior forward Arinze Onuaku. “He has not practiced,” …


Gonzaga, Syracuse on same team

BUFFALO, N.Y. – College basketball coaches steal ideas from each other all the time. Who knew their wives did as well?


Sore Spartans put hopes in swift healing

Greivis Vasquez is a hard guard for any able-bodied opponent. That makes any thought of trying to slow down Maryland’s 6-foot-6 senior point guard and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s player …


Unsung Kong has chance to be Bulldogs’ unexpected hero

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The names are etched in Spokane’s collective memory, part of a monument to NCAA success. Adam Morrison, Casey Calvary, Blake Stepp, Dan Dickau, Ronny Turiaf.


Huskies cruise into Sweet 16

Quincy Pondexter scored 18 points, Isaiah Thomas added 15 and 11th-seeded Washington extended its incredible late-season surge all the way to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s regional semifinals with an …


Fans bring A-game

Jim Campbell had to pull a few strings to book a hotel room in Spokane. Sadly for him, those connections couldn’t help his outgunned alma mater Siena against Big Ten …


‘D’ decides it

Name a team sport and it’s evident that good things generally occur when defense takes center stage. It was certainly the case Friday afternoon when Purdue University’s defensive intensity, especially …


Zags don’t allow Seminole event

BUFFALO, N.Y. – You’ve heard of football coaches scripting the first 10 plays. It looked like Gonzaga’s men’s basketball coaching staff pretty much scripted everything that happened in the first …


Big Red upset

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Confident, relaxed and definitely on its game. Cornell lived up to its billing as the best team to come out of the Ivy League in more than …


Spartans find room to run

After being force-fed a steady diet of grinder-type Big Ten Conference opponents throughout most of the regular season, Tom Izzo’s Michigan State University Spartans arrived in the Inland Northwest earlier …


One small step …

Despite his disappointment in having hurt his team’s late-game causes with a lane violation on a crucial Michigan State free-throw attempt, New Mexico State’s Troy Gillenwater admitted he did accidentally …


Huskies, Lobos not feeling love

SAN JOSE, Calif. –Those chips should be gone by now. Those oversized, spine-numbing chips that the men’s basketball teams at University of Washington and New Mexico have carried for most …


Tough Terrapins stop Cougars

Houston may have had the nation’s leading scorer and wonderful complement. Foe Maryland simply had more of them. The Cougars’ Aubrey Coleman scored his season average, 26 points, and teammate …


A&M blocks out Utah State

Texas A&M used a vintage basketball formula to put the clamps on upset-minded Utah State on Friday. Capitalizing on its superior length and athleticism, No. 5 Texas A&M moved on …


Orange put squeeze on No. 16 Catamounts

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Five years ago, Vermont shocked Syracuse in overtime in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Catamounts never had a chance to duplicate that amazing moment. …


Ohio hopes to keep defying odds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ohio coach John Groce majored in math and taught it in high school and likes to use numbers when he’s preparing his team or analyzing opponents. So …


At high noon, Zags drew first

BUFFALO, N.Y. – From the very moment Florida State’s name popped up on the hi-def screen Selection Sunday, the Gonzaga coaches started harping. And they didn’t stop. “They were just …


Top seeds advance in Spokane

The Maryland Terrapins’ band kept playing the theme from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” late into Friday night. Yet there was nothing mutant about the first four NCAA tournament games in …


Fans come from near, far to watch NCAA teams in Spokane

Jim Campbell had to pull a few strings to book hotel room in Spokane. Sadly for him, those connections couldn’t help his outgunned alma mater Siena against Big Ten powerhouse …


Michigan state wins 70-67 over NMSU in Spokane

Thanks to Kalin Lucas’ career night, Raymar Morgan’s late help — and a huge assist from the officials — Michigan State is moving on in yet another NCAA tournament.


Bouldin leads Zags to 67-60 win over Seminoles

Matt Bouldin and the eighth-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs showed Florida State it still has a way to go in its quest to be considered a basketball power.


Texas A&M beats Utah State 69-53 in Spokane

First-round victories in the NCAA tournament are becoming routine for Texas A&M, although this time it took freshman Khris Middleton to make it happen.


Purdue beats Siena 72-64 in Spokane

Keaton Grant ignited the decisive run that rallied fourth-seeded Purdue past No. 13 seed Siena 72-64 on Friday in the first round of NCAA tournament’s South Regional.


Big man on block

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The anchor for Florida State’s NCAA-best defense is 7-foot-1, 250-pound Solomon Alabi, a native of Nigeria who played his high school basketball at Montverde Academy near Orlando, …


My name is Lucas

Quick, can anyone name last year’s Big Ten Conference Player of the Year? New Mexico State’s Jahmar Young can – now.


Griz fall short

SAN JOSE, Calif. – After all of Darington Hobson’s big talk about a deep NCAA tournament run for New Mexico, Montana nearly shut up the Lobos right away. Roman Martinez …


Izzo expects Spartans to show up

Twelve times Michigan State had been to the NCAA basketball tournament since Jud Heathcote tossed the keys to his protege Tom Izzo, and 12 times Jud had saddled up from …