SMU advances, Georgetown heads home, CBI semifinals set

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The NCAA tournament isn’t the only college hoops postseason event happening this week. Here’s a roundup of the smaller dances:

SMU 80, LSU 67: Nic Moore and Nick Russell both went for 16 points and combined for 10 boards and nine assists and No. 1 seed SMU overcame a ten point first half deficit as the Mustangs knocked off the Tigers, 80-67. They’ll advance to take on No. 2 seed Cal at home on Wednesday. The Tigers, on the other hand, enter a crossroads. They were a disappointment this season, and Monday might have been the last time that this group takes the court together. Johnny O’Bryant, Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin are all going to be draft picks whenever they decide to leave school. Will that be after this season?

Florida State 101, Georgetown 90: Florida State shot 68.2% from the floor and hit 11 threes as they knocked off Georgetown in Tallahassee to advance to the Elite 8 of the NIT. They’ll host Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, with the winner headed to Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals. Aaron Thomas led the way with 26 points and Devin Bookert added 21 points and nine assists.

Cal 75, Arkansas 64: Jabari Bird led three players in double figures with 19 points as the Bears jumped out to a 31-8 and never looked back, knocking off Arkansas and advancing to the NIT’s Elite 8. They’ll be paying a visit to Dallas to take on SMU for the right to play in the Garden next week.

CBI Roundup: The semifinals for the CBI are set. On Wednesday, Siena will take on Illinois State to start off the night and Old Dominion will square off with Fresno State in the nightcap.

Siena advanced on a game-winner from Evan Hymes with 3.9 seconds left, knocking off Penn State 54-52. Illinois State advanced thanks to 17 points and nine boards from Daishon Knight as they held Texas A&M to just 34.0% shooting from the floor. Richard Ross had 23 points and 10 boards to lead five players in double figures as Old Dominion knocked off Radford, while Fresno State got 23 points, eight boards and four assists from Tyler Johnson in a win over Princeton.

CIT Roundup: The only CIT game of the night featured Murray State knocking off Omaha in the second round of the event.

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: