The tenth annual Under Armour Elite 24 will be played Saturday night in Brooklyn, and while that game is certain to provide highlights the same can be said of the practice session the two teams participated in earlier this week. Ballislife put together a video of the top ten plays from that practice, with elite prospects such as Chase Jeter, Thon Maker and Dennis Smith Jr. making appearances.
In regards to Maker’s spot on the countdown, Cardozo High School head coach Ron Naclerio was an unfortunate victim of one of the 7-footer’s follow dunks. Good to see Naclerio have a little fun with the situation. And the top play was another piece of evidence of Kwe Parker’s elite leaping ability.
Video credit: Ballislife
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.
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: