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UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Proud pop: Former Washington State coach Dick Bennett beams as son Tony leads Virginia to NCAA Tournament title

Dick Bennett has a difficult time watching his son, Tony, coach Virginia. He rarely attends games.


Analysis: Offensive adjustments lead Virginia to first title

Defensively-minded, the Cavaliers (35-3) turned a night of adjustments against Texas Tech’s vaunted defense into one of college basketball’s great redemption stories.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Virginia beats Texas Tech for its first NCAA title

Virginia has won the first men’s basketball championship in school history, getting a career-high 27 points from De’Andre Hunter and clutch play from Kyle Guy to beat Texas Tech 85-77 …


UPDATED: Sun., April 7, 2019

Baylor reclaims NCAA women’s championship, edging Notre Dame 82-81

Baylor recovered after blowing a 17-point lead and losing a star player, beating Notre Dame 82-81 for the NCAA women’s basketball championship Sunday night when 2018 tournament hero Arike Ogunbowale …


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019

John Blanchette: View of future appears cloudy through Gonzaga’s window

They’ll settle college basketball’s national championship on Monday night in Minneapolis, and it’s entirely possible the winner will score more than 60 points.


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019

Texas Tech uses stout defense to down Michigan State, earn spot in NCAA Tournament title game

Matt Mooney matched his career high with 22 points and the Texas Tech defense did the rest in a 61-51 victory over Michigan State in the Final Four.


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019

Kyle Guy hits 3 free throws with 0.6 left, Virginia shocks Auburn in Final Four

Auburn had erased a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes and led 62-60 before Kyle Guy stepped to the line in the final second.


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019

Kim Mulkey mixes family with winning big at Baylor

Kim Mulkey climbed the steps to the dais at the Final Four, six-month-old grandson Kannon Reid in tow, and the baby’s proud mother watching from the side.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame rally past UConn 81-76 to earn spot in national title game

The Irish will face Baylor for the crown Sunday night, trying to become the fourth school to win consecutive championships — UConn, Tennessee and Southern California have done it.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

Kalani Brown, Lauren Cox lead Baylor over Oregon 72-67 into women’s final

Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Lauren Cox added 21 as Baylor held off Final Four newcomer Oregon 72-67 Friday night to reach the women’s championship game for the first …


Virginia and Auburn match contrasting styles in Final Four

Virginia and Auburn meet at the Final Four in the latest installment of a long-running competition in basketball: Slow and steady vs. fast and furious. The top-seeded Cavaliers are rarely …


Michigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind

One Final Four semifinal features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder …


Women’s NCAA Tournament: Spokane products continue to reach the Final Four

Oregon senior forward Oti Gildon is the rare Spokane product to reach the NCAA women’s Final Four, which kicks off Friday when the No. 2 seed Ducks face top-seeded Baylor …


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

Trio of newcomers, one veteran arrive in Minneapolis for Final Four

In his eighth trip to the Final Four, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo should know how best to get around. The rest of his coaching compatriots? They could probably use a …


Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke named to Wooden Award All-American team

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke were named to the 10-player Wooden Award All-American team.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

Tim Cowlishaw: Texas Tech under Chris Beard has ascended in stunningly quick fashion

This has been a pro basketball state for a quarter of a century now. Eight of the past 25 NBA championships have been won by Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, …


Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins selected for 3-point contest at Final Four

Gonzaga senior point guard Josh Perkins will compete Thursday in the State Farm 3-point Championship at the Final Four.


Gonzaga women’s basketball welcomes new era while reflecting on accomplishments of memorable season

As the Gonzaga women left the court at Gill Coliseum on the night of March 25, their faces showed fatigue and disappointment, but not a trace of “What if?”


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura makes AP All-America second team, Brandon Clarke on third team

There’s another Gonzaga streak that doesn’t receive as much attention as the program’s 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 straight opening-round wins and five Sweet 16s in a row. Gonzaga’s …


Defending champion Notre Dame beats Stanford to get back to Final Four

Jackie Young scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead defending national champion Notre Dame back to the Final Four with an 84-68 victory over Stanford on Monday night.


Top-seeded Baylor routs Iowa 85-53 to cruise to Final Four

Lauren Cox had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Baylor earned its first Final Four berth since 2012 by beating Iowa 85-53 on Monday night in the Greensboro Regional final.


Commentary: Defense wins championships, and Texas Tech went all in against Gonzaga

Gonzaga was college basketball’s No. 1 team in offensive efficiency according to the respected Kenpom metric. Texas Tech was No. 1 in defensive efficiency. Only one could go to the …


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019

Defending champion Notre Dame, Stanford meet again in NCAAs

Defending national champion Notre Dame and Stanford have Hall of Fame coaches in Muffet McGraw and Tara VanDerveer and successful traditions that include two NCAA titles for each program. Even …


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019

Oregon beats Mississippi State to reach first Final Four

Off to Oregon’s first appearance in the Final Four, guard Sabrina Ionescu set the theme for the second-seeded Ducks. “All I gotta say is we’re not done yet,” Ionescu said …


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019

Gonzaga rewind: Zags experience pain of season-ending loss, pride of 33-win season

They gathered one last time as a team in the locker room. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few knew there was nothing he could say that would mend his players’ broken …


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019

Auburn tops Kentucky 77-71 in OT for first Final Four trip

Drawing inspiration from injured forward Chuma Okeke, the No. 5 seed Auburn Tigers finished off a joyful romp through college basketball royalty by bringing down the winningest program of all. …


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019

Michigan State knocks off Duke to reach Final Four

Cassius Winston put Michigan State on his shoulders and carried the Spartans into the Final Four. The do-everything point guard took over the game when his team faced its biggest …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019

Virginia shakes off Purdue 80-75 in OT to win South Region

The Cavaliers (33-3) redeemed themselves from last year’s loss to UMBC by relying on veterans, sound defense, poise, controlling the ball and a failure to be rattled even when the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019

John Blanchette: Every Gonzaga season has ended in hurt, but none match the pain felt right now

For all the ways Gonzaga basketball has changed the very face of Spokane in these past two decades, every Bulldogs season has still ended in hurt.


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019

Texas Tech’s Davide Moretti comes up clutch with pair late 3-pointers to sink Gonzaga

The sophomore guard from Italy wasn’t having a particularly strong game, but he came through late with a pair of 3-pointers that guided the Red Raiders past Gonzaga 75-69 Saturday …