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Knee issues end Richmond guard Cedrick Lindsay’s season

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Through 21 games Richmond senior guard Cedrick Lindsay was one of the best guards in the Atlantic 10, posting averages of 18.3 points and 4.0 assists per game for a team that is currently 14-8 overall and 4-3 in conference play. With those numbers, it’s clear that Lindsay’s production has a significant impact on the Spiders’ success. 

On Wednesday the school confirmed reports from the Richmond Collegian and Richmond Times-Dispatch that Lindsay will miss the remainder of the season due to knee problems, with the senior guard tearing the meniscus in both knees. And with Lindsay having played more than 30% of the Spiders’ games this season (that would be the case at the end of the year) there’s no possibility of receiving a medical redshirt, meaning that his collegiate career has come to a premature end. 

“I would like to thank Cedrick for his outstanding contributions to Richmond Basketball,” Richmond head coach Chris Mooney said in a statement. “He has been an excellent player and teammate for us for the last four years. He has executed his role as team captain flawlessly.  Ced is everything that Richmond Basketball strives to be: driven, competitive, smart, tough and selfless.  I am forever grateful to be his coach.”

Lindsay’s status is the second personnel hit Richmond’s taken in the last two days, with senior forward Derrick Williams leaving the team for family reasons. Yet while Williams was a starter, his playing time dropped some six minutes per game due to the production of Terry Allen, Trey Davis and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa.

Lindsay was the unquestioned leader for this group, making this loss a tough one for the Spiders to absorb. With Wednesday’s news junior guard Kendall Anthony, who scored a career-high 31 points in Richmond’s loss at VCU on Saturday, becomes even more important for Richmond. Other options on the perimeter include freshman ShawnDre Jones and junior Wayne Sparrow.  

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: