2013 NBA Draft

ACC, Pac-12 lead the way with seven draft picks apiece

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Once any draft is completed, more than a few people like to check out which conferences had the highest number of picks. In Thursday’s NBA Draft the ACC and Pac-12 shared the top spot, with each conference having seven players selected.

*Note – This does not count Glen Rice Jr., who played in the D-League last year after being dismissed from the Georgia Tech program late in the 2011-12 season. 

With its four first-round draft picks the ACC saw its streak of having at least one player selected in the first round move to 25 consecutive years. Maryland’s Alex Len, the 5th overall selection, led the way for the ACC with Duke (Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly) being the lone ACC team to see multiple players selected.

North Carolina now has an ACC-leading 45 draft picks with the Los Angeles Clippers’ selection of guard Reggie Bullock. The ACC was one of three conferences to have four players picked in the first round, with the Big East and Big Ten being the others.

As for the Pac-12, UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad (14th overall, headed to Minnesota via trade) was the first of seven players selected on the night. Following the Pac-12 were the Big East (six selections), Big Ten (five), SEC (five), Big 12 (four) and Mountain West (four).

The Mountain West’s four selections are a record for the conference, and the league can also claim its second top overall draft pick (UNLV forward Anthony Bennett) since its inception in 1999. Utah’s Andrew Bogut (2005) was the first.

Outside of the conferences noted above, only the Patriot League (Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum and Bucknell’s Mike Muscala) could claim multiple draft picks this year. Before Thursday, the last Patriot League player to be selected was Colgate’s Adonal Foyle in 1997.

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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: