There is good news and bad news for Saint Mary's.
The bad is that Patrick Mills is out for a month with a broken right hand. That's really bad. But the good news is that as long as Mills returns by the NCAA tournament, any losses incurred during his absence should be recorded with an asterisk, including Thursday's loss at Gonzaga, and I hope that's something the NCAA tournament committee remembers on Selection Sunday.
Put another way: Saint Mary's should be judged by what it does with Mills, not what it will do without him. That's the fair way to grade a team, the way the selection committee should judge a team. So while losing Mills for a month is unfortunate, the development shouldn't hinder the Gaels' hopes of earning a high seed, because Saint Mary's shouldn't be penalized for losing games without its point guard provided its point guard is projected to be healthy for the postseason.