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Former Michigan State, Arizona State wing Brandan Kearney will end career at Detroit

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Brandan Kearney has been well-traveled in his college basketball career and the graduate transfer from Arizona State will end his career at Detroit, in Kearney’s home state of Michigan.

A 6-foot-5 native of Detroit, Kearney started his career at Michigan State and played for a season and a half before transferring to the Sun Devils. Kearney announced his decision to attend Detroit on his Twitter.

https://twitter.com/Kearn_3/status/473560022614802434

Kearney has never played more than 327 minutes in a season in three attempts as he looks to close out strong at Detroit. Titan head coach Ray McCallum should be familiar with Kearney’s game; Kearney was a backcourt running mate of McCallum’s son Ray Jr., — now with the Sacramento Kings — on Team Detroit on the grassroots circuit.

Last season for Arizona State, Kearney averaged 1.2 points a game in 6.5 minutes per game in only 19 games last season. Detroit struggled to a 13-19 finish last season and could use a veteran player like Kearney to log some minutes on the wing.

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: