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Oregon lands Detroit transfer guard Jason Calliste

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During Dana Altman’s tenure in Eugene, the Oregon program’s had some good luck with one-year transfers. Last season Arsalan Kazemi led the Pac-12 in rebounding and helped lead the Ducks to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2007. The hope for the 2013-14 season is that three such newcomers can help Oregon repeat last season’s performance.

As first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, former Detroit guard Jason Calliste has joined the program and will be eligible to play immediately. Calliste, who averaged 14.4 points and 3.3 assists per game as a redshirt junior last season, joins former UNLV forward Mike Moser and junior college transfer Richard Amardi as one-year transfers on Oregon’s 2013-14 roster.

Calliste joins a backcourt that includes the likes of Dominic Artis (8.5 ppg, 3.2 apg), Damyean Dotson (11.4, 3.5 apg), Johnathan Loyd (5.0, 2.6 apg) and possibly Houston transfer Joseph Young. Young, who averaged 18.0 ppg as a sophomore at Houston last season, is still awaiting word in regards to his request for an immediate eligibility waiver.

If Young’s request is granted the Ducks will have one of the best perimeter rotations in the Pac-12. But if not, thanks to the addition of Calliste Oregon should still be fine in this area.

The question for Oregon as they look to repeat as Pac-12 tournament champions (while also improving their regular season standing in the conference) is how they go about accounting for the graduation of four of their top five rebounders from 2012-13. Waverly Austin (2.7 rpg) returns for his senior campaign, and he along with Amardi, Moser (averaged 6.1 rpg in 2012-13 and 10.5 rpg in 2011-12) and sophomore Ben Carter (2.3 rpg) will need to carry the load on the glass.

And given the interior talent that some of the other contenders in the Pac-12 currently possess, rebounding could be the deciding factor as to whether or not Oregon can win the conference.

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: