Basketball 2023

Our Favorite Stories

What makes Gonzaga special isn't just the win-loss records of our teams. It's stories about the personalities, camaraderie and community that have created a culture of success.

Success On and Off The Court

Our Favorite Stories from This Year

Why Anton Watson Might Be Gonzaga’s Most Important Player
The 6-8 senior from Spokane does all the little things for the Zags. (The Athletic)

Pringles Celebrates Sensational 'Staches with New March Mustache Collection
Just in time for the tournament, Pringles sidelines Mr. P's iconic mustache with a new starting line-up of 'stache superstars including Gonzaga's Drew Timme. (PR Newswire)

The Art of the 3
As basketball shifts ever more to outside shooting, Brynna Maxwell is helping Gonzaga reach new heights with her elite sharpshooting. (The Inlander)

Drew Timme’s Final Ride with Gonzaga: A Love Story
A reflection on Drew Timme's extraordinary career as he prepares for his last trip to the Big Dance. (The Athletic)

"He's Just a Zag, Man"
The untold stories of Drew Timme's singular, legendary Gonzaga career. (CBS Sports)

Kennel Club: Yesterday and Today
Face paint, fatheads, costumes and head-to-toe Gonzaga gear, comical signs and – most of all – the notorious foot-stomping that shakes the area. These are part of the legendary experience that is the Kennel Club. (Gonzaga Stories)

Life of Spike: The Story of Gonzaga's Mascot
A behind the scenes look at the life and times of Gonzaga's bulldog mascot Spike. (Gonzaga Stories)

Drew Timme Owes Me An Apology
Mark Robbins, the actor who performs with Drew Timme in the Northern Quest Resort & Casino commercials, writes about his relationship with the Gonzaga big man. (Gonzaga Stories)

Volkar Center Supports Student-Athletes
The Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement boasts environments for academic success and a trip down Zagmemory lane to honor the former players and teams. (Gonzaga Stories)

Palpable Energy, Contagious Spirit for ESPN College GameDay
At 3 a.m. on a bitterly cold Saturday morning, a roar steadily grew in intensity just outside the doors of McCarthey Athletic Center at Gonzaga University. (Gonzaga Stories)

Burgess Will Move Down a Peg, but He’ll Always Be Top-Notch
Lenny Wilkens, others praise Frank Burgess as Drew Timme closes in on the Gonzaga great’s hold on scoring mark. (The Spokesman Review)

A Zag Nation Reader's Guide
Check out some of our favorite books about the players, fans, coaches and community who made the remarkable rise of Gonzaga basketball possible.

How Rasir Bolton Captured a Community’s Heart
Nonprofit leader Rick Clark shares how senior guard Rasir Bolton left a lasting impact on him and the greater Spokane community. (Gonzaga Stories)

Benevolent Bulldogs
Members of the Gonzaga men's team cheer up kids in the pediatric cancer wing Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. (The Spokesman-Review)

‘Courtney will forever be linked with Gonzaga’
Former coach, teammates reflect on WNBA star Courteny Vandersloot’s impact ahead of jersey ceremony. (The Spokesman-Review)

The Assist that Changed Gonzaga Basketball History
How Richie Frahm, Eric Edelstein and a fateful night at the Martin Centre helped lure Gonzaga's original first-team All-American Dan Dickau. (The Spokesman-Review)

Title IX: Five Decades of Positive Changes on Gonzaga Women’s Sports Scene
A look back at how far Gonzaga women's sports have come since the landmark gender equity legislation passed 50 years ago. (Gonzaga Magazine)

Former Zag Great and L.A. Laker Coaching at Local Middle School
When Tatriana Muravez, an old friend who played for the GU women's team, asked Robert Sacre to join her as a coach at Pauline Flett Middle School, he answered the call. (Krem 2)

The Pride of Omaha
How pride, patience and persistence have helped Hunter Sallis – Nebraska’s original five-star recruit – settle in at Gonzaga. (The Spokesman-Review)

Truong Sisters Look to Empower Young Asian American Athletes
Twin sisters Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong fight against stereotypes and share their story to inspire the next generation of Asian American athletes. (The Spokesman-Review) 

Our Favorite Stories from Last Year

Gonzaga-zay-a with Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon has a special Spice Girls-inspired cheer for Zag Nation this March Madness. Check out his segment on The Tonight Show and our response video. (Gonzaga Stories)

Drew Timme Lives for March Madness
Meet the man behind the mustache in this in-depth profile of the Zags' loquacious forward. (ESPN)

Rasir Bolton: A Basketball Story, but It Starts in the Classroom
With help from nonprofit leader Rick Clark, Rasir Bolton has found joy, winning and a larger purpose at Gonzaga — not necessarily in that order. (The Athletic)

Bulldog Band Adds Hype to Gonzaga Basketball
Meet the head-nodding, foot-stomping, trombone-swaying, drum-banging Zags who bring the energy to the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Gonzaga Stories)

Stars on the Court and in the Classroom
Academic success is a hallmark of Zag student-athletes, with former basketball standouts such as Dan Dickau (’02), Domantas Sabonis (’16), and Corey Kispert (’21) having received Academic All-America honors. (Gonzaga Stories)

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