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A year later, North Carolina celebrates a championship

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was not pretty. At all. The game lacked any flow. The statistics reflected North Carolina’s struggle. The Tar Heels shot 35.6 percent from the field and went 4-for-27 from the 3-point line. At the end of a season in which rebounding became a […]

Gonzaga’s historic season reaches a painful end

By Mark Alewine

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Nigel Williams-Goss crouched in the south end of the court, staring at the floor. He was alone, his freshly-sprained ankle throbbing in pain, while North Carolina celebrated on the opposite side of the floor.

Just 7.2 seconds remained in Gonzaga’s magical season, and in a […]

Freshman Collins Carries the Zags to a Shot at a Championship

By Mark Alewine

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — When Przemek Karnowski fell to the floor, holding his head with both hands, Gonzaga’s hope for a national championship, at least for a moment, appeared to fall with him.

Freshman Zach Collins, however, was there to catch it.

The Bulldogs held off a resilient South […]

How a ‘reasonable, mitigated’ risk and Gonzaga’s Rockne led the Zags to the Final Four

By Mark Alewine

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Rev. Robert Spitzer sat at his desk, staring at an invoice. The invoice stared back at him.

The plan to build a new campus basketball arena at Gonzaga University had been discussed to death. Every resource had been exhausted. Time was running out to […]

Gonzaga seeks to dominate in the paint against Syracuse’s signature zone defense

Gonzaga players (left to right) Kyle Wiltjer, Eric McClellan and Kyle Dranginis speak to the media on March 24 in Chicago. The Bulldogs take on Syracuse in a Sweet 16 matchup on March 25.

By David Mackey III | @davidmackey_iii

Sports Capital Journalism Program

CHICAGO — The 11th-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs square off against the […]