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Cal State Bakersfield, head coach Rod Barnes agree to 2-year extension

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What’s been a good summer for Cal State Bakersfield head coach Rod Barnes became an even better on on Thursday.

Nearly a month after finding out that the appeal of the NCAA’s postseason ban due to a low Academic Progress Rate had been upheld, it was announced that Barnes and the school came to terms on a two-year contract extension.

Barnes’ contract will now run through the 2017-18 campaign, with there being no change to the financial terms of his original contract.

“Coach Barnes came here to help build a Division I championship-competitive program and in one season he has already set a new mark for Division I wins, graduated his first two student-athletes and put the Roadrunners into the postseason,” AD Jeff Konya said in the release.

“We wanted to make sure he would continue to be here for the long-haul. He has shown a dedication to this program and to this community. These are results that deserved to be rewarded.”

Barnes led the Roadrunners to a 16-15 mark in his first season at the helm, and Cal State Bakersfield also made its first postseason appearance as a Division I member.

The Roadrunners took part in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, falling to eventual runner-up Utah State in the first round.

This season can be an even better one for Cal State Bakersfield due to the return of guards Stephon Carter, Issiah Grayson and Zachary Lamb, their top three scorers from last season.

The key for Cal State Bakersfield will be who steps up inside with leading rebounders Rashad Savage (6.2 rpg) and Donald Johnson (5.5 rpg) out of eligibility.

Kregg Jones and Adam Young, with the former redshirting last season, will factor prominently into the front court rotation as will 6-7 guard/forward Tyrone White II.

“I want to thank Jeff Konya and President Mitchell for their confidence and commitment they have shown to me, my family and my staff. We are grateful to have this opportunity to continue to build this program,” Barnes said in the release.

“We are confident in our student-athletes, in this University and this community; together we can reestablish a winning tradition. We are excited about continuing to build the future of this program and developing young men both on and off the court.”

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: