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UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

Madness memories: Gonzaga opens trip to Final Four with thrilling win over South Carolina

So this weekend it seems fitting to revisit 2017 and Gonzaga’s Final Four breakthrough. First up, the Zags’ rollercoaster 77-73 win over South Carolina at University of Phoenix Stadium in …


UPDATED: Thu., April 2, 2020

Gonzaga basketball teams earn No. 1 seeds in academic bracket

The Zags were the only school to earn No. 1 seeds in men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets determined by graduation rates, academic success and head coaching diversity.


NCAA’s greatest hits: Austin Carr’s record 61 points in 1970

Austin Carr played at Notre Dame in an era when prolific scorers dominated the college game.


AP Was There: Villanova shoots lights out to upend Hoyas

A panel of Associated Press sports writers has come up with the top 10 men’s basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament.


Live tweeting replays helping fill the college hoops void

Coaches and players live tweeting replays of epic NCAA Tournament games are giving fans a hoops fix in a time of fear and isolation.


AP Was There: Duke ends UNLV’s repeat bid in ’91 Final Four

A panel of Associated Press sports writers has come up with the top 10 men’s basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

NCAA distribution shortfall likely won’t affect Whitworth outside of national championship tournaments

The NCAA announced significant cuts in its revenue distribution on Thursday that reflect the revenue it lost when it canceled the Division I men’s basketball championships, a highly lucrative television …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Gonzaga’s athletic department budget will “take a hit” with diminished NCAA Tournament payout

The WCC enjoyed one its finest men’s basketball seasons ever and was poised, led by second-ranked Gonzaga, to make more noise – and serious dollars – in the NCAA Tournament. …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Pandemic fallout: NCAA slashes distribution to universities by $375 million after cancellation of March Madness

The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June, a whopping $375 million less than had been budgeted after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of …


UPDATED: Sat., March 21, 2020

Season rewind: Plenty of achievements for Gonzaga in campaign that ended too soon

So the Zags are left with a pair of pretty good consolation prizes, absent the theater of March Madness. First, one of the finest regular seasons in program history. Second, …


UPDATED: Sat., March 21, 2020

Eastern Washington already hungry for another shot at NCAA Tournament

Eastern Washington coaches and players haven’t been able to avoid the slew of mock NCAA Tournament brackets that recently hit the Internet.


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Analysis: Lack of postseason won’t take away from Gonzaga women’s stellar campaign

In a normal world, the Gonzaga women would be practicing in anticipation of this weekend’s first-round NCAA Tournament game in Spokane.


AP Was There: James Worthy, Michael Jordan lead UNC to ’82 title vs. Hoyas

A panel of Associated Press sports writers has come up with the top 10 men’s basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament.


AP Was There: North Carolina beats Michigan for ’93 title

A panel of Associated Press sports writers has come up with the top 10 men’s basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

SWX’s Sam Adams creates simulated NCAA Tournament after cancellation

March Madness has been dubbed “March Sadness” this season as college basketball fans sulk about the lack of buzzer-beaters and bracket-busting upsets.


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

Fantasy basketball: Simulation projects Gonzaga reaching title game before falling to Dayton

According to SportsLine’s simulations of every tournament game, Gonzaga was in for another magical tournament run but another finish one win shy of its ultimate goal.


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Ralph Walter: The past week has turned into the sports world’s greatest ‘What-If’

Back in 2018, we launched a series called “The Great What-If,” stories that explored alternate endings to real-life sporting events: what if the SuperSonics had stayed in Seattle? What if …


Shawn Windsor: The absence of March Madness and other sports is exactly what we need

So, again, what’s going to fill our time without sports? What other refuge will we seek?


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Gonzaga, Virginia listed as co-favorites for 2021 national title

Gonzaga and 2019 champion Virginia are co-favorites to win next year’s national championship, according to sportsbetting.ag. Both are listed at +900, meaning a successful $100 bet would return $900.


UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

NCAA tried to save March Madness with 16-team tournaments

As it became apparent the NCAA basketball tournaments could not be held over three weeks because of concerns about the coronavirus, college sports officials toyed with a plan to hold …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

John Blanchette: Shattered dreams pale in comparison to potentially shattered lives

This is now the Year of Playing Dangerously. Presuming anyone gets to play from this point on.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Whitworth basketball has NCAA D-III Tournament cut short ahead of Sweet 16 showdown at Swarthmore

Like so many college teams’ seasons, that of the Whitworth men’s basketball team will end with a win and likely an asterisk.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Frustration clear on faces of some Gonzaga fans after NCAA cancels men’s, women’s basketball tournaments

Considering the circumstances, the product placement at the Zag Shop was less than ideal.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Gonzaga players coming to grips with abrupt end to their season

As tough as that is to hear for the Zags’ fan base, imagine being one of the players on a 31-2 team that was considered one of the favorites to …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

‘That’s a wrap’: Gonzaga women lose chance at redemption as NCAA Tournament canceled

Lisa Fortier got the news Thursday afternoon, the final blow in a tough week for Gonzaga women’s basketball. Three days after a one-point loss to Portland in the semifinals of …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

‘The team is depressed, man’: Big Sky champion Eastern Washington reacts to cancellation of NCAA Tournament

There will be no Selection Sunday party at Reese Court, and no utterance of EWU by CBS broadcaster Greg Gumbel during a bracket reveal that annually captures the eyeballs of …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Gonzaga’s Mike Roth, Mark Few felt NCAA Tournament postponement could have been option; understand cancellation

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few was literally 20 seconds into answering a question live on ESPN when he was interrupted by Rece Davis.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

March Madness: NCAA Tournaments canceled due to coronavirus

The NCAA canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments Thursday because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were …


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

‘Devastated’ and ‘disappointed’: Gonzaga fans react to NCAA decision to play upcoming basketball tournaments without crowds

What’s a basketball game without the fans? Spokane is about to find out.


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Gonzaga AD Mike Roth says it’s unfortunate teams, fans won’t get ‘full tournament experience’ after coronavirus alters NCAA plans

You could say feelings were mixed when the Gonzaga Bulldogs learned Wednesday that NCAA Basketball Tournament games would be played in virtually empty arenas – though there was one overriding …