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April
30th

Marcus Peters drafted No. 18 overall by Kansas City Chiefs

Marcus Peters, the former Huskies cornerback, was selected No. 18 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft.

Peters is the second Husky to be taken today. Danny Shelton went No. 12 overall to the Cleveland Browns. They become the first UW duo to be drafted in the first round since RB Napoleon Kaufman (No. 17) and TE Mark Bruener (No. 27) were each taken in the first round in 1995.

Peters was dismissed by Huskies coach Chris Petersen in November for repeated rules violations, but was widely viewed as one of

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April
27th

Junior Jernard Jarreau to transfer from UW

And the players keep leaving the Huskies basketball program. On Monday, UW announced junior  Jernard Jarreau will transfer from the school, which has officially granted him a release from his scholarship.

Jarreau, a 6-foot-10 forward from New Orleans, averaged 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 2014-15 for the Huskies. He is the fourth player – Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and Gilles Dierickx are the others — to transfer since the end of the season. This also comes on the heels of the Huskies losing respected assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger to Iowa State.

 

March
29th

Morning links: Arizona, last Pac-12 team standing, bounced by hot-shooting Wisconsin

Arizona guard T.J. McConnell hugs head coach Sean Miller as he leaves the game against Wisconsin during the second half of a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin beat Arizona 85-78 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Arizona guard T.J. McConnell hugs head coach Sean Miller as he leaves the game against Wisconsin during the second half of a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin beat Arizona 85-78 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Pac-12 sent three teams to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but the conference will not have a Final Four participant.

Arizona, the last Pac-12 team standing, lost 85-78 yesterday to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight. UCLA lost to Gonzaga in the Sweet 16, and Utah lost to Duke in the Sweet 16. That means Stanford, which faces Old Dominion on Tuesday night in the NIT semifinals, is the only Pac-12 team still playing.

Also, a reminder that the Huskies begin spring football practices on Monday morning. In a departure from recent years, coach Chris Petersen will not have a press conference to preview the spring, but is scheduled to speak with reporters following the conclusion of Monday’s practice. On to some links: Read more »

March
22nd

NCAA tournament at KeyArena: Gonzaga advances to Sweet 16 for first time since 2009 with dominant 87-68 win over Iowa

Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, right, embraces Kevin Pangos after the team beat Iowa in an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Seattle, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Gonzaga won 87-68. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer, right, embraces Kevin Pangos after the team beat Iowa in an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Seattle, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Gonzaga won 87-68. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE – Disappointment visited the Gonzaga Bulldogs in each of the past five seasons, each endeavor hopeful until the NCAA tournament’s first weekend.

That’s where Gonzaga lost, five years running, nary a Sweet 16 to show for a half-decade span that otherwise featured noteworthy performance.

Byron Wesley played in exactly zero of those games. Yet he had no choice but to embrace the sting.

“That’s pretty much the talk around town, is that Gonzaga, they always win their league, they always win the league championship, but in the tournament, they always fold and lose early,” said Wesley, a Gonzaga senior guard who transferred after playing his first three seasons for USC. “So I think it’s definitely frustrating when you hear that so much, and people always talk about how they just can’t get to that next level.”

They will not be saying it on Monday morning. Not here. Not in Spokane. And certainly not in Iowa City, where the Iowa Hawkeyes must now return after Gonzaga buried them on Sunday afternoon beneath an insurmountable pile of 3-point jumpers and easy interior buckets, the Bulldogs racing to a thoroughly dominant 87-68 victory before a sellout crowd of 14,901 at KeyArena that amounted to equal parts excitement and catharsis.

It’s now on to Houston, where 2nd-seeded Gonzaga (34-2) will face a familiar opponent – 11th-seeded UCLA, which GU defeated by 13 points, in Los Angeles, on Dec. 13 – in its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2009. Read more »

March
22nd

NCAA tournament at KeyArena: Gonzaga-Iowa a sizable second-round matchup

Iowa's Aaron White turns to get congratulations as he sits in the bench late in the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 64 in Seattle, Friday, March 20, 2015. White led all scorers with 26 points and Iowa won 83-52. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Iowa’s Aaron White turns to get congratulations as he sits in the bench late in the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 64 in Seattle, Friday, March 20, 2015. White led all scorers with 26 points and Iowa won 83-52. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

— Kevin Pangos had already heard the question. It was a common one during the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ media availability Saturday before Sunday’s round-of-32 NCAA tournament South Region game against Iowa.

The Zags (33-2) have big guys who can score. The Hawkeyes (21-11) have big guys who can score. And they’re one of the only teams left in this tournament that has big guys who might be able to stop Gonzaga’s big guys from scoring.

So, if the Zags are to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2009, they must do it by defeating a team that looks more like them than most others still playing.

“Everyone’s asking that one, actually,” Pangos said with a laugh inside Gonzaga’s locker room, about 24 hours prior to Sunday’s 4:10 p.m. tipoff at KeyArena. “Yeah, there’s a lot of similarities — just how they move the ball, and they spread it around. All five guys on the floor on their team can all be effective and score.” Read more »

March
20th

NCAA tournament at KeyArena: Gonzaga uses size to overcome Dexter Werner, North Dakota State for 86-76 victory

Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer (33) shoots between North Dakota State's Dexter Werner (40) and A.J. Jacobson (21) during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 64 in Seattle, Friday, March 20, 2015. Gonzaga won 86-76. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer (33) shoots between North Dakota State’s Dexter Werner (40) and A.J. Jacobson (21) during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 64 in Seattle, Friday, March 20, 2015. Gonzaga won 86-76. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE – Few teams in the country possess the kind of size necessary to adequately defend the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

North Dakota State, try as it did here at KeyArena in its opening-round game of the NCAA tournament, is not one of them.

Gonzaga knew this. And while the Bison countered gamely with the aggression of 6-foot-6 forward Dexter Werner – he was the primary contributor to a second-half spark that trimmed GU’s lead to single-digits in the second half – the Bulldogs still escaped with an 86-76 victory before a sellout crowd of 14,852.

Gonzaga was able to withstand Werner’s 22 points – 18 of them in the second half –thanks to the play of its towering frontcourt.

Kyle Wiltjer, the 6-foot-10 junior, scored 23 points. Przemek Karnowski, the 7-foot-1 junior, added 11 points, nine in the first half. Domantas Sabonis, another 6-foot-10 guy, scored seven points and snagged a team-best 11 rebounds. As a team, GU enjoyed a 35-24 rebounding advantage. And when the Bulldogs’ big guys weren’t plucking passes from the air and scoring easy baskets, they were leading GU’s parade to the free-throw line, where the Zags shot 19-of-28 and battered the Bison into inescapable foul trouble.

That was certainly by design.

“They’re not a deep team,” Wiltjer said. “They don’t really play a lot of guys off the bench. So coach (Mark Few) really emphasized our bigs just posting up hard, and we’re not going to get the ball every time, but if we post up hard, we’re going to pin fouls on them. And in the second half, we really got rewarded by being able to score some easy shots.” Read more »

March
20th

If Gonzaga finishes this off, Iowa’s towering backcourt will be in the Zags’ way to the Sweet 16

By Gregg Bell / Staff writer

SEATTLE — Oh, yeah, size matters. Gonzaga may be about to find out just how much.

As tall as harvest-time corn, the seventh-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t defeat the diminutive Davidson Wildcats Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament as much as they overwhelmed them.

Aaron White, 6 feet 9 with the touch of a painter, drained jumpers for 26 points. Peter Jok, a 6-6 nightmare of a matchup at another wing, made consecutive 3-pointers for half of his 12 points. And Jarrod Uthoff, 6-9, smothered Davidson’s star with a decisive five-inch height advantage in an 83-52 runaway at packed, jazzed KeyArena.

The Hawkeyes (22-11) won an NCAA tournament game for the first time since March 15, 2001, and this was their largest NCAA margin of victory ever. They had four NCAA losses in a row – until running past and towering over the dazed Wildcats as if they were still in high school.

“We’re really long. Our length really worked,” Jok said in a business-as-usual locker room for the third-place team in the thudding Big Ten. “That really bothered them.”

How much will it bother second-seeded Gonzaga in Sunday’s matchup for a place in the Sweet 16 — assuming the Zags don’t gag this double-digit lead over the final 23 minutes in the last of today’s four NCAA games at rockin’ KeyArena. Read more »