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Fresno State loses one player, gets another back, and beats UNLV

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Fresno State made noise on Wednesday night when they knocked off UNLV at home, throwing the Mountain West race into a frenzy.

But there was much more to the 64-55 win than a simple upset.

The Bulldogs played without star freshman Robert Upshaw, who has been suspended by the university for three games following a violation of team rules. Upshaw was averaging 4.8 points and 4.1 boards this season.

The personnel news wasn’t all bad for the Bulldogs, however.

Kansas transfer Braeden Anderson, who was a partial qualifier with the Jayhawks and ineligible for the first 20 games of the season, played his first collegiate basketball game. He finished with no points and two boards in 12 minutes, but he’s back in the mix.

We knew that Fresno State was a season away from being relevant, especially with Oklahoma State transfer Cezar Guerrero sitting out this season, but this is just a glimpse of how good that Rodney Terry’s team can be in the future.

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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: