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Cousy Award finalists announced

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On Monday, the Naismith Hall of Fame announced the finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the top point guard in college basketball.

The 23 finalists were announced and the list will be cut down to five in March before the award is presented later in the season by Cousy.

The list features a lot of familiar names from around college basketball including freshman sensation Tyler Ennis of Syracuse and senior veterans like Keith Appling of Michigan State and Aaron Craft of Ohio State.

2014 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

Kyle Anderson, UCLA

Keith Appling, Michigan State

Eric Atkins, Notre Dame

Jason Brickman, LIU Brooklyn

Jahii Carson, Arizona State

Siyani Chambers, Harvard

Justin Cobbs, California

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana 

DeAndre Kane, Iowa State

T.J. McConnell, Arizona

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga

James Robinson, Pittsburgh

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Juwan Staten, West Virginia

Xavier Thames, San Diego State

Fred VanVleet, Wichita State

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

Chaz Williams, Massachusetts

Kendall Williams, New Mexico

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: