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Tanveer Bhullar commits to New Mexico State, joins brother Sim (PICTURE)

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New Mexico State landed a late commitment to its incoming class on Tuesday, though, the latest addition has a familiar name.

Tanveer Bhullar, brother of the Aggies’ 7-foot-5 rising sophomore center Sim Bhullar, announced his decision to join New Mexico State via his own Instagram account.

The younger Bhullar had interest Oklahoma, Oregon, Wichita State, and most recently New Mexico, but told Groves of the Las Cruces Sun News that his comfort level with the coaches and program played a big role. Tanveer was on an official visit to NMSU this past weekend.

The Canadian-born center contemplated spending an extra year of high school, but since he has already graduated, changed his mind and will enroll this fall. It is still unclear whether he will redshirt this season.

“I got my diploma and I realized that spending another year in high school won’t mean as much compared to spending a year in college with college coaches and college trainers,” Bhullar told Groves.

Tanveer, listed two inches shorter than his brother at 7-foot-3, spent this past season at Father Henry Carr Catholic School in Ontario. He played eight games in May with Canadian-power CIA Bounce this summer on the EYBL circuit.

Sim Bhullar averaged 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Aggies, who finished 24-11 (14-4 WAC) and earned an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

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: