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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

After rolling to a perfect WCC start, Gonzaga anticipates tough test from San Francisco

The game before the big game should be more competitive than Gonzaga’s first five WCC games. It almost has to be, considering the Zags have vanquished four of their five …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Fresh off Daejon Davis buzzer beater, Stanford brings momentum into matchup with Washington State

After a three-game skid to open Pac-12 Conference play, the Washington State Cougars head into the second week of January looking to rediscover their form and find some momentum. Perhaps …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018

Gonzaga having easy time against WCC’s have-nots heading into game at struggling LMU

Gonzaga’s schedule is routinely front-loaded. The Zags face most of their biggest challenges in the non-conference prior to the Christmas break. The Zags’ WCC slate is just the opposite.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

Heavily favored Gonzaga not taking Pepperdine lightly

Gonzaga dusted two WCC opponents last week and the easy assumption is to expect more of the same against two foes pegged for the bottom half of the conference.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017

Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert making strides in recovery from ankle injury heading into matchup with Santa Clara

Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert is feeling better in both body and mind. The freshman wing is a month removed from spraining his left ankle against Incarnate Word.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017

Gonzaga trying to extend 21-game winning streak in WCC openers

The year was 1996 and Gonzaga’s top five scorers in order were Paul Rogers, Jon Kinloch, Scott Snider, Kyle Dixon and Lorenzo Rollins. The question: When was the last time …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

Forecast calls for challenging game when Gonzaga plays at San Diego State

Gonzaga players didn’t bother hiding their enthusiasm for warmer weather on the 12th-ranked Bulldogs’ latest road trip.


Gonzaga working on execution after Saturday’s close call versus North Dakota

Count coach Mark Few among those who were surprised when Gonzaga didn’t foul intentionally on North Dakota’s last possession with the Zags nursing a three-point lead Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

Gonzaga returns to court against revamped North Dakota

They lost numerous key players from a championship team after a landmark season. Gonzaga? Yeah, we’ve addressed that pretty thoroughly. North Dakota? For sure.


Gonzaga trying to get back on track against upset-minded Huskies

The fortunes of college basketball teams, even top five programs, can change in a hurry. Gonzaga and more so Washington are prime examples.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017

Gonzaga-Villanova matchup truly a clash of titans

There are showdowns and then there are bona fide circle-the-date games on the schedule. This one – No. 12 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Villanova in the opener of the Jimmy …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Similarities strong between No. 15 Gonzaga, No. 25 Creighton

They are separated by 10 spots in the AP college basketball poll and it appears not much else. No. 15 Gonzaga (6-1) and No. 25 Creighton (5-1) are lookalike programs …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017

Gonzaga shows it can compete with college basketball’s best heading into game with UIW

Grand pronouncements early in the college basketball season are not in Gonzaga coach Mark Few’s verbal playbook.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017

Gonzaga, Texas try to rebound from tough losses

Gonzaga and Texas meet Sunday in the PK80 Motion Bracket’s third-place game, informally known as Which Team Will Rebound From Heartbreak.


PK80 a holiday, homecoming treat for Gonzaga’s Silas Melson

Silas Melson is going home to Portland for the holiday and he apologizes up front about not returning the numerous texts, emails and voice mails.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Gonzaga entertains well-traveled Tigers in season opener

The college basketball season is here and that means one thing for Texas Southern: Gentlemen, pack your bags.


Visit from FCS Montana State strangely unsettling for Washington State fans

In some ways, preparing for Jeff Choate’s Montana State Bobcats will feel like preparing for Bruce Barnum’s Portland State Vikings, or Beau Baldwin’s Eastern Washington Eagles. Portland State and Eastern …


Fresh blood vs. blue blood: Gonzaga faces North Carolina in NCAA national championship game

Josh Perkins dreamed of wearing a North Carolina uniform as a kid. Mark Few admits he installed Tar Heels coach Roy Williams’ fast break scheme for his first seven seasons …


Gonzaga’s bench players put in the work, wait for their opportunity

While the same Gonzaga players each week answer questions for the microphones in front of their faces, their teammates in the distance sit back and watch.


Gonzaga defense faces another tall order in stopping South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell

The best defense in the country faces a stiff challenge in South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell. The second best defense in the country faces a tall task against Gonzaga’s …


Gonzaga faces red-hot Xavier with Final Four spot on the line

In coach Mark Few’s mind, Gonzaga has gone from facing one of the most unique styles in college basketball to one of hottest teams left in the NCAA tournament.


Meet the press: Gonzaga faces West Virginia’s overwhelming defense in NCAA Sweet 16

There is pressure defense and then there is this: West Virginia, nicknamed ‘Press Virginia’ because of its relentless defensive style, has been known to slap on the press after missing …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017

Gonzaga’s ‘D’ encounters elite scorer in Jackrabbits’ Mike Daum

Gonzaga assistant coach Brian Michaelson didn’t have to go deep into his memory bank when asked about South Dakota State scoring machine Mike Daum. “Wiltjer, that’s a better driver,” said …


BYU stands out as last obstacle in Gonzaga’s pursuit of unblemished regular season

BYU was Gonzaga’s first test after the Zags reached No. 1 last month. GU won, 85-75, in Provo but was pushed by the Cougars. The Zags are still No. 1 …


Unbeaten, top-ranked Gonzaga aims for outright WCC men’s championship

Gonzaga coach Mark Few reminded the assembled media after last Thursday’s win over San Francisco that the WCC title remains one of the program’s fundamental goals.


Brett Bailey, Olin Carter lead Toreros

No. 1 Gonzaga (28-0, 16-0 WCC) can clinch an outright WCC championship with a road win over San Diego (12-16, 5-11) on Thursday. Gonzaga will try to replicate its defensive …


Gonzaga, Pacific tangle in rematch

The list of serious tests No. 1 Gonzaga has faced this season begins with Iowa State and Florida State in Orlando in late November and Arizona, Akron and Tennessee in …


Work resumes for unbeaten, No. 1 Gonzaga in home game against San Francisco

San Francisco, the only WCC team to lead Gonzaga in the second half this season, visits Spokane on Thursday. The Dons (18-9, 8-6 WCC) shot the highest field-goal percentage (46.9) …


Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s collide in WCC men’s basketball with plenty on the line

No. 1 Gonzaga (25-0, 13-0 WCC) and No. 20 Saint Mary’s (22-2, 12-1) collide Saturday at McKeon Pavilion with major implications for both teams.


Nigel Williams-Goss expected back for Gonzaga-LMU game

Top-ranked Gonzaga is optimistic it will have its top player, Nigel Williams-Goss, for Thursday’s road game against Loyola Marymount. Williams-Goss practiced Tuesday and Wednesday and is on track to return …