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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 …


Firsts keep coming for Gonzaga basketball

In this season of firsts for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, add a few more. The Zags will play at home as the nation’s No. 1 team for the first time in …


Pace picks up for No. 1-ranked Gonzaga men against BYU

Time for Gonzaga to switch gears.


Gonzaga coach Mark Few’s No. 1 priority: Stay in game mode

Gonzaga’s defense isn’t the only unit with a lot of deflections. Head coach Mark Few added a few more following Thursday’s rout over San Diego when asked about the possibility …


First things first: Gonzaga entertains Toreros

Is it a slam-dunk Gonzaga will be ranked No. 1 when the polls are released Monday? Nope. Is it an open 5-footer on the low block that the Zags are …


Gonzaga, Portland ready for second matchup in three days

Time will tell if the scouting reports need updating for Gonzaga and Portland, even though the two teams just met Saturday in Spokane. The teams tangle again Monday at the …


Unbeaten Gonzaga entertains struggling Pilots

Portland at Gonzaga, two teams speeding in opposite directions, collide Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center before squaring off two days later in the rescheduled game in Portland.


Gonzaga tangles with Herb Sendek-led Santa Clara

Herb Sendek’s background indicates he’s quite familiar with chasing and sometimes catching the traditional powers in a conference. He’s been coach of the year in three different conferences.


Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s clash in WCC first-place showdown

Silas Melson didn’t mince words. The Gonzaga junior guard offered a blunt assessment of Saint Mary’s two regular-season wins last year over the Zags, particularly the Gaels’ victory at the …


Gonzaga worrying about LMU first, then Saint Mary’s

It’s the game before the game, and that can sound an alarm for worrywart coaches. Gonzaga entertains Loyola Marymount on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center, two days before a …


Gonzaga maintaining focus during ‘special season’

The Gonzaga Bulldogs sense they’re in the midst of a something special so they’re planning accordingly. “We know that we’re kind of on a special ride a little bit,” junior …