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NCAA Basketball: San Diego at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

With football over, college basketball takes center stage for the next two months as we approach the business end of the season. Here’s what’s on tap this week in Gonzaga-related content from around the interwebs:

Clarke: If you predicted before the season that a San Jose State transfer might lead his team to a national title, take one proud step forward. Clarke was excellent when he was with the Spartans, no doubt, but even Mark Few must be delighted with the blithe dominance the 6-foot-8 junior has displayed since arriving in Spokane.

Clarke is getting to the rim like a certain rather celebrated Duke player while serving as the best shot-blocker the Bulldogs have had since Zach Collins -- which wasn’t all that long ago, granted. Let’s call Clarke the Zags’ best starting rim defender since Robert Sacre. The list of players nationally who’ve had a bigger impact than Clarke on both sides of the ball is very, very short.

Hachimura: It’s a mark of the monster Few has built in Spokane, surely, that Hachimura is hitting 61 percent on his 2s and 43 percent on his once-in-a-blue-moon 3s, yet he ranks as merely the Bulldogs’ second-most accurate starter from the field. (Take another bow, Mr. Clarke.) When Killian Tillie returned from the injured list in early January, curious observers wondered how the rotation might work with three top-25-caliber players all 6-foot-8 or taller. The short answer to that question is it works just fine. Hachimura and Clarke have continued to start, Tillie comes off the bench, and, once in a while, the three are on the floor together. Gonzaga has options.