The St. Mary’s Gaels have only lost to one team since Christmas, and they are being rewarded with a spot in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
St. Mary’s squeaked into the 68-team tournament as one of the last four at-large teams, and they will play Middle Tennessee tonight in the second game of the First Four. The Gaels finished the season with a record of 27-6, while the Blue Raiders finished 28-5. The Gaels have beaten three teams that are currently in the tournament: 15th-seeded Pacific (74-46), 14th-seeded Harvard (70-69) and seventh-seeded Creighton (74-66).
Matthew Dellavedova leads the Gaels with 15.8 points per game (PPG), while Marcos Knight led Middle Tennessee State with 12.5 PPG. St. Mary’s was 23rd in the nation with 75.5 PPG as a team, while Middle Tennessee is 85th with 71.2 PPG. St. Mary’s is tied for 63rd in the nation with 37.1 rebounds per game (RPG), while Middle Tennessee is tied for 76th with 36.8 RPG.
Both teams have put up good numbers, and the Blue Raiders had won 17 games in a row before bowing out of the Sun Belt conference tournament early. The winner will play the Memphis Tigers on Thursday, and both teams want that spot. Who will get it? Find out with live blog updates here.