Monday, January 17, 2011
Saint Mary's gets ranking, theme song
By Diamond Leung
Saint Mary's, the Sweet 16 darling from a year ago, is back and receiving national attention, entering both polls earlier today having cruised into first place in the WCC.
The Gaels are 16-2, having only lost to top-10 teams San Diego State and BYU. In conference play, they've beaten opponents by an average of 24 points. Two games with Gonzaga remain, but Saint Mary's has thus far impressed with its usual backcourt play as well as an improved Mitchell Young and productive newcomer Rob Jones.
"Saint Mary's is the best team in our league right now," Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating said after Saturday's 84-59 loss in Moraga.
Also getting the community excited is this music video that's playfully titled "Gaels Gone Wild." Filmed and performed by students and recent graduates with scenes from campus and outside the basketball offices of McKeon Pavilion, there are references to Mickey McConnell, Matthew Dellavedova, ESPN's Stephen Bardo and beating Gonzaga.
It's a catchy anthem that the Gaels might be dancing to throughout March.