Kevin Ollie

UConn basketball teams to visit White House next Monday

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For years it’s been tradition for championship teams to visit the White House to meet the President, and it’s something the University of Connecticut has become quite familiar with over the years. With the women’s team having won nine national titles and the men four, both programs have enjoyed the opportunity to be congratulated in person by the President.

For both programs, this year’s trip will take place on Monday, June 9 with the White House announcing the news Wednesday afternoon. While women’s head coach Geno Auriemma will take his program to the White House for the ninth time, men’s head coach Kevin Ollie will be making his second trip as a member of the UConn coaching staff.

The first came in 2011, when he was an assistant on the Kemba Walker-led team that cut down the nets in Houston.

According to the Hartford Courant the ceremony (following a tour of the White House) will begin at 4:05 p.m., and one question that lingers is whether or not President Barack Obama will challenge former UConn center Stefanie Dolson to a dance-off. During UConn’s visit last year, he promised he would if the Huskies were to make it back (provided it weren’t televised, of course).

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: