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Kentucky lands five on McDonald’s All-American Game roster

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The rosters for the 2013 McDonald’s s All-American Games were released on Thursday afternoon.

To be honest, as most of the time, there were very few surprises. Five Kentucky recruits or signees made the team, a record for a single school.

The scary part? Or, if you’re a #BBN fan, the fun part, all four are on the West roster: Aaron and Andrew Harrison, James Young and Marcus Lee, with Dakari Johnson being the lone future Cat on the East. John Calipari may not be done, with Andrew Wiggins still to decide, along with Aaron Gordon.

The Kentucky Five highlight the game along with Gordon, Wiggins and Jabari Parker on the roster of 24 players set to take on one another at the United Center in Chicago.

This proves just how loaded Kentucky will be next year and also, I think showcases how a lot of other programs are catching up with the big boy teams in recruiting. UTEP, California, Washington, LSU and Arkansas have had solid, but not banner classes in recent years, but for them to place a recruit/signee on the roster says something about their program. Especially since a few of those teams aren’t expected to make the NCAA Tournament this season.

The rosters look like this (alphabetical order):

East Team

Players                      High/Prep School         College

Anthony Barber         Hampton Prep            North Carolina State

Keith Frazier               Kimball                        Undecided

Isaiah Hicks                J. F. Webb School      North Carolina

Kasey Hill                    Montverde Acad.       Florida

Demetrius Jackson   Marian H.S.                 Notre Dame

Ronde Jefferson        Chester H.S.                 Arizona 

Dakari Johnson         Montverde Acad.        Kentucky

Kennedy Meeks         West Charlotte H.S.   North Carolina

Wayne Seldon            Tilton School               Kansas

Noah Vonleh            New Hampton            Indiana

Chris Walker               Holmes Co.                 Florida

Andrew Wiggins         Huntington Prep       Undecided

West Team

Jabari Bird                   Salesian H.S.              California

Aaron Gordon             Archbishop Mitty       Undecided

Isaac Hamilton           John Bosco Prep         UTEP

Aaron Harrison          Travis H.S.                    Kentucky

Andrew Harrison       Travis H.S.                    Kentucky

Matt Jones                   DeSoto H.S.                 Duke

Marcus Lee                  Deer Valley                   Kentucky

Jarrell Martin              Madison H.S.              LSU

Jabari Parker              Simeon Acad.               Duke

Bobby Portis                Hall H.S.                       Arkansas

Nigel Williams-Goss  Findlay Prep                Washington

James Young               Rochester H.S.             Kentucky

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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: