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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.


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

Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins, Idaho’s Taylor Pierce miss out on 3-point semifinals in Minneapolis

Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins and Idaho’s Taylor Pierce had short stays during Thursday’s State Farm 3-point Championship in conjunction with the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four at the Target Center.


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 …


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.


John Blanchette: Depth and defense against offense and athleticism makes for tough choice in fictional battle between Gonzaga’s best

Picked up those inseparable buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, hitchhiking back from Las Vegas after cashing in their return flight tickets to put everything on Gonzaga to …


NCAA announces future Final Four sites

The Final Four is headed back to Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018

Geno Crandall leaves Minneapolis hoping to return with Gonzaga for Final Four run

Geno Crandall went from under-the-radar recruit to one of biggest grad transfers of the offseason. He heard from dozens of top programs, including the University of Minnesota, where he watched …


Michigan’s 3-point defense is key to upsetting Villanova

Facing a team that shoots as well as Villanova, limiting the takes from 3-point range is about as important as limiting the makes.


More than 3s: Villanova must move ball, rebound vs. Michigan

Villanova has made more 3-pointers than any team in NCAA Division I history and fittingly set a Final Four single-game record for made 3s to reach Monday’s national championship game.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018

Villanova sets Final Four record with 18 3-pointers in 95-79 NCAA Tournament win over Kansas

One by one, Villanova keeps winning games and getting closer to another national title.


Overtime survivors: Mississippi State Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet for women’s title

Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs carry a constant reminder of how far they went in the women’s NCAA Tournament last year, and what must still be done.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018

Moe Wagner, Michigan end Loyola-Chicago’s NCAA Tournament run in Final Four

Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews and Michigan erased a 10-point second-half deficit and the Wolverines ended Loyola-Chicago’s storybook NCAA Tournament run with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in the Final Four.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

Former Eastern Washington coach Ray Giacoletti sees hints of Gonzaga in Loyola-Chicago’s story

There is something strangely familiar about Loyola-Chicago’s run to the Final Four.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

Loyola-Chicago’s Cinderella run is special for Washington State assistant Bennie Seltzer

First things first: Bennie Seltzer didn’t stick around long enough to experience Loyola Chicago’s improbable run to the Final Four, but you won’t get him to confess to wishing he …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

A guide to the teams, players and coaches in the Final Four

The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April.


Red carpets, loud socks: Teams arrive for festive Final Four

Loyola-Chicago is determined to keep alive its unlikely NCAA Tournament run when the Ramblers play in the Final Four this weekend. The underdogs went through their first workout at the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Final Four will be mix of traditional powers, one amazing upstart

Two weeks of mayhem – a tumult of historic upsets, buzzer-beaters and at least one celebrity nun – have brought the NCAA Tournament to a crossroads.


Final Four spot secured, Loyola gets warm welcome home

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola-Chicago got quite a reception as they returned to campus on Sunday.


Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four

Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere.


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018

Villanova returns to Final Four, beating Texas Tech 71-59

Villanova, the 2016 national champion, is headed back to the Final Four, thanks to a fourth straight double-digit victory in a month of March where they’ve played every bit like …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

Return road to Final Four presents obstacles for Gonzaga, 2017 participants

Getting there is an enormous accomplishment. Getting back the following year isn’t easy, but it happens fairly often. We’re talking about reaching the Final Four and the Final Four encore.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018

Washington Post’s John Feinstein on Mark Few, Zags

After Gonzaga’s Final Four breakthrough, higher expectations but lifelong memories


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Milwaukee company to release Gonzaga bobblehead commemorating Final Four trip

A Milwaukee company is releasing a new bobblehead to commemorate the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ inaugural trip to the Final Four last season.


Schedule set for Gonzaga’s Kraziness in the Kennel on Oct. 7

Gonzaga’s annual Kraziness in the Kennel, the public’s first chance to see the 2018 edition of the Bulldogs, will include some rewards from last year’s memorable season.


UPDATED: Sun., April 9, 2017

Success of men’s team source of inspiration for Gonzaga women

Watching Gonzaga in the championship game in the NCAA Tournament last week is something Laura Stockton won’t forget.