No hard feelings, Gonzaga fans: Katie Baker still roots for the Zags. So does her mom, who continues to own season tickets to see the women at the Kennel. But Monday night both women will be wearing orange.
It’s not about the minutes, it’s what you do with them. Gonzaga reserves Melody Kempton and Louise Forsyth learned that lesson the easy way on Saturday. Now they hope to continue the trend in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Monday night at Oregon State.
To hear the coaches four years later, there were no losers in that epic second-round NCAA Tournament game between Gonzaga and Oregon State.
Gonzaga’s Sweet 16 rematch with Florida State will tip at 4:09 PT Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Now who’s feeling vulnerable? With all they’ve endured in the last two weeks, it should have been the Gonzaga women.
On a miserable Sunday afternoon when UW’s defense faltered and the offense fell apart in the second half, the ninth-seeded Huskies’ return to the NCAA Tournament – their first appearance in eight years – ended with a resounding thud and an 81-59 defeat against No. 1 seed North Carolina in the round of 32.
With the first weekend of the tournament now over, fewer than five percent of college basketball’s teams 353 teams are still playing. Kansas and Kansas State, both No. 4 seeds this year, aren’t. It’s hard to win two games in the NCAA Tournament, regardless of your seed number. Yet Gonzaga, with its victories in Salt Lake City over Fairleigh Dickinson and Baylor this past weekend, has done it five years in a row.
Two members of the University of Idaho’s backcourt are exploring options to transfer, following the Vandals’ 5-26 season.
Take a wild guess which Zag had the honor of putting a Gonzaga sticker on the Sweet 16 line of an oversized NCAA Tournament bracket inside the locker room. “Don’t put it on there crooked,” one teammate instructed. “Take your time big fella,” another coached. Brandon Clarke, as he did during the previous two hours with his monster effort in Gonzaga’s 83-71 win Saturday over Baylor, nailed the finish, inserting Gonzaga’s name in place and patting it a few times to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere.
Michigan State is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015 after rolling past Minnesota 70-50 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa.
All those “watch lists” for college basketball’s many awards that managed to miss on Brandon Clarke altogether this year, or scramble to include him at midseason, or leave him off the final cut? Well, Gonzaga’s vicar of vertical wrote his own on Saturday afternoon. The “Watch Me” list.
On a night when even Corey Kispert may have refuted the idea that his contributions outweighed those of teammate Brandon Clarke, longtime GU coach Mark Few was adamant that his sophomore forward was the Most Valuable Zag against the Bears.
From Gonzaga’s first Associated Press All-American to first round draft pick to broadcaster, Dan Dickau has seen all levels of the basketball world.
Brandon Clarke is a relative newcomer to these high-pressure NCAA Tournament games in front of packed arenas on national television. The junior forward seems to be a fast learner; it took him all of two games to put his name in Gonzaga’s record book and join select company in NCAA Tournament annals.
Mikayla Pivec had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the fourth-seeded Oregon State Beavers withstood a major scare from No. 13 Boise State for an 80-75 overtime victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in Corvallis, Oregon.
It was a French treat, served up to Killian Tillie and Joel Ayayi on a silver platter moments after Gonzaga finished off Baylor 83-71 in the NCAA Tournament.
Ja Morant dazzled for a half, but the star point guard and 12th-seeded Murray State got run out of the NCAA Tournament by Florida State. Mfiondu Kabengele scored 22 points, Terrance Mann added 18 points and the Seminoles slammed the Racers 90-62 to advance to the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 83-71 victory over Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The plan came together early Friday afternoon on the Townsend family ranch in Okanogan, Washington.
Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 68-51 victory over Little Rock.
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