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Stories tagged: ncaa

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

‘That’s a wrap’: Gonzaga women lose chance at redemption as NCAA Tournament canceled

Lisa Fortier got the news Thursday afternoon, the final blow in a tough week for Gonzaga women’s basketball. Three days after a one-point loss to Portland in the semifinals of …

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

‘The team is depressed, man’: Big Sky champion Eastern Washington reacts to cancellation of NCAA Tournament

There will be no Selection Sunday party at Reese Court, and no utterance of EWU by CBS broadcaster Greg Gumbel during a bracket reveal that annually captures the eyeballs of …

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: Thu., March 12, 2020

Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

The world’s sports schedule is cratering at warp speed due to coronavirus.

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Jim Litke: Without sports, what will fans talk about?

Going a week without watching sports used to be a dare. It’s the new reality.

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Big Sky Conference cancels remainder of tournament

The Big Sky Conference canceled the remainder of its men’s women’s basketball tournaments at CenturyLink Arena today amid coronavirus concerns.

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

March Madness: NCAA Tournaments canceled due to coronavirus

The NCAA canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments Thursday because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were …

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Pac-12 Tournament canceled due to coronavirus, ending Washington State basketball season

Wednesday’s nightcap between No. 11 Washington State and No. 6 Colorado at T-Mobile Arena was the final game of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, after the conference decided to cancel …

Pac-12 Tournament notes: Washington State, Arizona State to play quarterfinal in barren T-Mobile Arena

Before WSU’s 2019-20 season started, the Cougars staged two closed-door scrimmages against opponents from the Big Sky. Perhaps it’s a positive sign the Cougars did well in both – blowing …

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

‘It’s a big moment.’ Washington State leaves no doubt against Colorado, breaking decade-long drought at Pac-12 tournament

The lead already seemed good enough when Jeff Pollard caught the ball down low and slipped an inside bounce pass to Tony Miller, who drove to the basket, cocked his …

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Big Sky Women’s Tournament: Big fourth quarter sends Idaho to championship game

Former Timberlake star Allison Kirby scored all nine of her points in the pivotal fourth quarter.

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

Washington State to exercise new attendance protocols for home athletic competitions

Aligning with the school’s decision to move in-person classes to online formats following the spring break, Washington State Athletics announced new attendance protocols Wednesday for home athletic competitions that will …

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Big Sky Tournament: Trevon Allen scores 35 points in Idaho’s first-round loss to Southern Utah

No. 7 seed Southern Utah, which handled Idaho by margins of 32 and 28 points during the regular season, pulled away down the stretch in a 75-69 win at CenturyLink …

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: Wed., March 11, 2020

NCAA Tournament will be played without fans in Spokane and elsewhere

The NCAA made the unprecedented move Wednesday of requiring all men’s and women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament games to be played in mostly empty arenas.

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Whitworth’s Sweet 16 game at Swarthmore College to be played without fans due to COVID-19 concerns

Team personnel, credentialed administration and media, as well as gameday staff, will be permitted to attend the game. Any purchased tickets will be refunded, according to the release.

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

CBI canceled due to coronavirus, diminishing Washington State’s chance of postseason berth

Unless Washington State can win four games in Las Vegas, the Cougars’ 2019-20 basketball season will presumably end this week at the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.

Big Sky Tournament: Eastern Washington freshman point guard Ellis Magnuson returns to Boise with title in sights

Before the Boise native committed to EWU last February, he was weighing preferred walk-on offers from Washington State and Boise State – as a wide receiver.

Riding 10-game conference tournament skid, Washington State trying to ‘change history’ against Colorado

Kyle Smith was a 39-year-old assistant at Saint Mary’s – three coaching stops and 11 years removed from where he is now – when Washington State last won a game …

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

Big Sky Tournament: Sisters Lizzy Klinker, Natalie Klinker lift Idaho women to quarterfinal win over Portland State

Idaho countered inside with sisters Natalie and Lizzy Klinker and Beyonce Bea, downing Portland State 56-54 to advance to Wednesday’s semifinal.

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.