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UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

Gonzaga notebook: Bulldogs focus on rest, recovery as much as X’s and O’s in postseason

After 34 games and 1,360 minutes, Gonzaga players are bound to have bumps, bruises and soreness. But this is the NCAA Tournament, so pain management turns into more of a …


Gonzaga quartet earns National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District honors

Mark Few was selected coach of the year. Junior forwards Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke were named first team and sophomore wing Zach Norvell Jr. made second team.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

John Blanchette: Baylor’s Rem Bakamus, John Jakus know their dancing partner far too well ahead of Gonzaga showdown

At the edge of a merry Baylor locker room after the Bears bounced Syracuse from the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, John Jakus pinned himself against a wall and weighed …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

Gonzaga faces hard-hat style of game against tough-minded Baylor

“Coach (Mark) Few said we have to get our hard hats on,” said senior point guard Josh Perkins, characterizing Saturday’s matchup between top-seeded Gonzaga and hard-nosed Baylor in the NCAA …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Amid NCAA run, Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura reflects on importance of Ichiro Suzuki to home country of Japan

It’s difficult to picture now: Rui Hachimura, the elementary school pitcher/catcher who was more fascinated with rubber baseballs and wooden bats than he was with steel rims and twine nets.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Laura Stockton has gone from dishing out assists to advice ahead of the NCAA Tournament

Laura Stockton still has wheels. However, on Friday they were attached to the legs of a courtside chair.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Gonzaga prepared for Little Rock’s ‘extreme athleticism’ in NCAA Tournament opener

Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier and her players said all the right things – and then some – Friday about their first-round dance partner, Little Rock.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Gonzaga-Baylor key matchup: Makai Mason latest quality guard to test the Zags

Baylor’s Makai Mason was seen limping during Thursday’s win over Syracuse, but the 6-foot-1 guard remains the Bears’ heart. He hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points in the opening …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:41 p.m.

Women’s NCAA Tournament roundup: Iowa holds off pesky Mercer 66-61

Megan Gustafson scored 30 points with 16 rebounds and second-seeded Iowa narrowly avoided a monumental upset, holding off No. 15 Mercer 66-61 on Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, for its …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

One shining moment for Fairleigh Dickinson’s Nadi Beciri in loss to Gonzaga

Fairleigh Dickinson found a wonderful reason to celebrate near the end of an otherwise dreary 87-49 NCAA Tournament loss to top-seeded Gonzaga on Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

Baylor connects on 16 3-pointers to beat Syracuse 78-69, set up matchup with Gonzaga

Baylor (20-13) and Gonzaga (31-3) will play for a Sweet Sixteen berth Saturday at 4:10 p.m. PT (TBS) in Salt Lake City. The schools have never met in the NCAA …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 10 p.m.

John Blanchette: With WCC clunker left in the past, Gonzaga returns to high-flying form in rout of Fairleigh Dickinson

We took their temperature, over and over. We wondered if the Gonzaga Bulldogs had really kicked that bad case of influenza WCC that laid them low in Las Vegas.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

Zach Norvell Jr., Gonzaga guards kick on their defense in rout of Fairleigh Dickinson

Zach Norvell Jr. was Gonzaga’s microwave oven last year, galvanizing the Bulldogs in NCAA Tournament wins over UNC Greensboro and Ohio State with his clutch shot-making.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

Analysis: ‘Old Zags are back’ as Gonzaga dominates Fairleigh Dickinson at both ends of the court in NCAA Tournament opener

There was no Saint Mary’s hangover, no sweating out a 1-vs.-16-seed opener the way the Zags experienced in 2013 against Southern. There was top-seeded Gonzaga’s 87-49 runaway Thursday that broke …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Killian Tillie makes an instant impact in Gonzaga’s rout of Fairleigh Dickinson

Zach Norvell Jr. threaded a bounce pass to a streaking Killian Tillie, who only had one goal: he was going to dunk that ball.


Gonzaga-Fairleigh Dickinson: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 87-49 NCAA Tournament victory over the Knights

Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 87-49 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

TV Take: Fresh broadcast faces provide plenty of blunders in Gonzaga’s romp of Fairleigh Dickinson

The NCAA Tournament is, in essence, a new season. With new goals, new opponents and new voices.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Little Rock ready to make some noise in NCAA Tournament opener against Gonzaga

Coach Joe Foley’s program is back in the postseason for the sixth time in 10 years and ready to do make some noise this weekend.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Rui Hachimura leads top-seeded Gonzaga to rout of Fairleigh Dickinson in NCAA Tournament opener

Rui Hachimura scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as top-seeded Gonzaga throttled No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson 87-49 on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

NCAA Tournament roundup: Champs moving on, Villanova beats Saint Mary’s 61-57

Recap of Thursday’s NCAA Tournament first-round action.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 7 p.m.

Washington’s zone defense has stifled opponents all year. Will it work for the Huskies in the NCAA Tournament?

Two years ago, Mike Hopkins sat at a podium inside Alaska Airlines Arena in front of a crowd of strangers curious about the former Syracuse assistant.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Hey 19: Baylor women still among nation’s best under Kim Mulkey

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey is having one of her most enjoyable seasons in coaching after one of the most emotional years of her life. The 31-1 Lady Bears are the …


What channel is truTV? How to watch Gonzaga’s NCAA Tournament game against Fairleigh Dickinson

CBS, TNT and TBS will also show games throughout the tournament.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

Could it happen again? Gonzaga wary of 1-vs.-16 matchup against Fairleigh Dickinson

Gonzaga and Fairleigh Dickinson collide Thursday, both with an eye on NCAA Tournament history.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

Fairleigh Dickinson comes to Salt Lake City tired, but riding a high after first NCAA Tournament victory

Over the next few weeks, there will be plenty of players and coaches losing sleep over agonizing losses suffered at the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

John Blanchette: Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda knows what it takes to beat the odds

If Greg Herenda makes it to the Final Four this April with his Fairleigh Dickinson Knights it would be … well, it would be a damned miracle, OK?


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

Point guards Josh Perkins and Geno Crandall formed a unique bond long before teaming up at Gonzaga

When Geno Crandall decided to spend his final college basketball season at Gonzaga, leaving the University of North Dakota to join the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer, it’s hard to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 6 p.m.

Illinois professor creates women’s NCAA Tournament simulator

University of Illinois computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson has always loved data. For the past seven years he’s had a men’s NCAA Tournament bracket simulator. After getting many requests, professor …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Gonzaga-Fairleigh Dickinson key matchup: Darnell Edge paces Knights’ talented backcourt

Gonzaga’s top priority will be defending Fairleigh Dickinson’s backcourt, specifically senior guard Darnell Edge.


Special guest visits with Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura ahead of NCAA Tournament

Junior forward Rui Hachimura was greeted after Gonzaga’s shoot-around Wednesday by 95-year-old Wataru ‘Wat’ Misaka, the first player of Asian descent and the first non-white player in the NBA, known …