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SMU transfer Brian Bernardi to visit Hofstra, Dayton

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Former SMU guard Brian Bernardi will visit Hofstra over the July 4, according to the New York Post’s Zach Braziller.

Bernardi, who will have three seasons of eligibility remaining when he settles on a school and redshirts, is also set to visit Dayton. George Washington, which was a possible destination, is no longer in the running.

The New York City native averaged 3.5 points and one rebound per game last season before joining three other players in transferring after Larry Brown’s first season in Dallas.

— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) June 30, 2013

Hofstra is experiencing a rebirth of sorts with new coach Joe Mihalich coming over from Niagara to replace Mo Cassara. He also brought two of his top players from the Purple Eagles in Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley. Dayton and coach Archie Miller have to replace two of their top three scorers in Kevin Dillard and Josh Benson.

The 6-2, 180-pound Bernardi shot 23-of-55 from three-point range (41.8 percent) last season.

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: