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Coaches Top 25 poll released, Indiana is No. 1

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The USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll was released this afternoon, and, frankly, there’s not a whole lot in there to quibble with.

Missouri and St. Joseph’s are far too low, but that’s just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions.

Usually, preseason polls — especially the coaches poll — provides us with ample blog fodder. But this year, the folks that voted (let’s be honest, it was probably a group of SIDs and graduate assistants) did a pretty decent job.

Here’s the top 25 in its entirety:

1. Indiana (21) 761
2. Louisville (5) 738
3. Kentucky (5) 718
4. Ohio State 617
5. Michigan 605
6. North Carolina State 581
7. Kansas 563
8. Duke 516
9. Syracuse 502
10. Florida 422
11. Arizona 411
12. North Carolina 401
13. UCLA 396
14. Michigan State 391
15. Creighton 325
16. Memphis 307
17. Missouri 289
18. Baylor 266
19. UNLV 203
20. San Diego State 196
21. Wisconsin 191
22. Gonzaga 166
23. Notre Dame 122
t24. Florida State 61
t24. Texas 61

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 58, Virginia Commonwealth 40, Cincinnati 33, Murray State 30, Kansas State 13, Saint Mary’s 11, New Mexico 10, Tennessee 10, Minnesota 9, Pittsburgh 9, Marquette 8, Stanford 7, Oklahoma State 6, Butler 6, Colorado State 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Saint Joseph’s 2, Drexel 2, Georgia 2, Miami (FL) 2, Marshall 1

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: